Re: Ada design (Ray Blaak)
4 Feb 1996 00:58:18 -0500

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From: (Ray Blaak)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers,comp.lang.ada
Date: 4 Feb 1996 00:58:18 -0500
Organization: Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates
References: 96-01-130 96-01-145 96-02-016
Keywords: Ada, syntax (Daniel J. Salomon) writes:

>Ada is really the language of the nineties: forbid
>smoking, forbid cholesterol, forbid sex. Maybe its better for me, but
>it sure takes the fun out of life.

I have always found this idea a little strange. There seems to be a
political image associated with one's choice of language: Ada is for
conservative types who like state control; C is for liberated free
thinkers with cool clothes who can dance at the edge of anarchy.

(Un)fortunately, digital computers don't give a damn about politics. A
single bit error can bring a whole system crashing down. For safe
systems, adherence to interfaces is crucial for reliable
behaviour. Using a strongly typed language enforces the *programmer's*
abstractions, independent of their political bent. At any rate, one is
free to use dangerous programming practices in Ada; it is simply more
more obvious that they are occurring.

Ray Blaak

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