Re: Ada syntax

Ken & Virginia Garlington <>
3 Feb 1996 12:26:21 -0500

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From: Ken & Virginia Garlington <>
Followup-To: comp.lang.ada
Date: 3 Feb 1996 12:26:21 -0500
Organization: Redhawk Kennels
References: 96-01-037 96-01-130 96-02-008
Keywords: Ada, design

Daniel J. Salomon ( wrote:
: Ada's philosophy seems to be, "When in doubt, forbid it." As a
: result, a programmer can spend a lot of time turning sensible safe
: code into code that religiously observes all of Ada rules.

Darren C Davenport wrote:
> I must be missing something here. I've never had that much trouble
> writing Ada programs.

I can think of one case where I end up changing "sensible" code. When
I reuse packages from two different applications while creating a new
application, and both packages have the "same" type declared as base
types, then I have to do some "unnecessary" type conversions while
intermixing the two packages.

Of course, I have also done some of these "unnecessary" type
conversions and discovered that the types really aren't the same,
after all. So, on balance, I don't mind doing the extra work.

Certainly, if you think before you code, you don't ever have to write
stuff that's extraneous. If you're slapping together a prototype in a
hurry, occasionally you might. However, in both cases, the code's
probably going to work right when you're done.

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