[GRLUG] sysadmin job opening

Chase Bolen chase.bolen at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 18:07:20 EST 2010

Yep, most military aerospace software is done in Ada.  A lot of its bad
rep comes from problems that were fixed twenty years ago, and it has
some nice features.  It took a bit to get used to it, but now I'd use it
over C++ any day.


On Mon, 2010-02-01 at 11:30 -0500, Michael Mol wrote:
> On 2/1/2010 11:11 AM, Bob Kline wrote:
> >   Which is why some people when to ADA
> > and COBAL in the past.  Maintainability was
> > the key factor.  Programmers hate the
> > regimentation, which also gets to the heart
> > of the matter.  I doubt that a proliferation of
> > languages is helping much.  The issue being
> > whether a new variation on the same
> > functionality has any real payoff long term.
> Actually, a lot of government programming is still done in ADA.
> >
> > One could argue that whatever floats to the
> > top is best, but that can simply be a result of
> > what courses people take in school, the
> > instructor's take on what is good, and of
> > course what provides employment later on.
> > 50 years ago what was best was what IBM
> > said was best.  Different forces for different
> > times.  Probably none more fundamentally
> > significant than the others.
> I wouldn't argue that whatever floats to the top is the best; It may be 
> the best at survival, and subsequently get the largest support 
> community, but that usually means it had a more effective marketing 
> strategy leading up to that point. I've seen languages that appear to be 
> much better than anything I'm proficient in.
> I usually make it a point to avoid advocating languages, but I'd suggest 
> people check out Oz.  It's a language I plan on picking up when I have 
> the time. It covers several paradigms I've been interested in checking 
> out, including predicate and functional programming.
> http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Oz
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