Colin: > I have heard that the programming language "C" will out > grow its date package in I think 2030. > I was wondering if there is any fact to this? Sort of. The year is 2038 iirc, and it is not as much a problem with C as with the date handling functions in many Unixes. Switching from a "32 bit compiler" to a "64 bit compiler" shold delay this problem a few million years. > and if Ada has any similar problems? The standard package Ada.Calendar defines a type Time whose internal implementation isn't specified by the language, but currently (1995 edition of Ada) you can only access years in the range 1901 .. 2099 for this type. I haven't read any articles on which problems we can expect, when the range of years is changed. Greetings, Jacob -- "Any, sufficiently complicated, experiment is indistinguishable from magic."