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Roger Racine wrote:

> By the way, I just learned that 2 new NASA projects (a small satellite

> program and the Space Station Crew Return Vehicle) considered Ada and
> rejected it in favor of C.  I asked why and was told that they thought
it
> would be too costly to use Ada.  It would be interesting to see the
trade
> studies.

Earlier, someone else said:

> At a recent computer software engineering course in the US, the
participants
> were given an awkward question to answer.  "If you had just boarded an

> airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been
responsible
> for the flight control software, how many of you would disembark
immediately?"

It would be even more interesting to know whether any of the NASA people
who made that decision are planning to ride down from orbit in the Crew
Return Vehicle...


          Richard Stuckey