Comparing Smalltalk and Ada...wow. I assume that the posters are referring to Ada95, because as I recall from my brief exposure to it, Ada isn't object-oriented.|
One of the posters mentions "that Ada is available
from a number of sources with different qualities for each implementation" which is interesting. I used the Verdix Ada compiler, and the only other one I had heard of was GNAT, which (I think) was an Ada-to-C translator. The poster goes on to say if you have a hard time finding Ada programmers, you'll have an even harder time finding Smalltalk programmers. If you need long-term future support, etc., Ada is probably in a better position than Smalltalk. which I find difficult to believe. I would imagine the opposite is true. I think this might reflect an "outsider" view of the Smalltalk scene; a person more active with Smalltalk would know where to find people, and vice versa.