Linked by Joost van der Sluis on Mon 10th Sep 2007 16:03 UTC
General Development Recently, Free Pascal (FPC) version 2.2.0 was released. This open source Pascal compiler has - since its initial release in 1993 - grown to be one of the most sophisticated open source compilers available today. Daily, more programmers discover FPC and develop their applications in Object Pascal. Specifically, the development of Lazarus has contributed to this phenomenon: Lazarus is a graphical open source IDE for FPC, with an extensive tool kit to design graphical (GUI) applications.
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How good is Lazarus/FPC?
by FooBarWidget on Mon 10th Sep 2007 16:37 UTC
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How good is Lazarus today? I was very interested in its development back in 2000-2002, partially because Kylix utterly failed. But then I learned C and GTK and kinda never looked back. I visited the Lazarus website from time to time, but their screenshots are severely outdated: they're still showing GTK 1 screenshots in 2007! This made me think that their development has halted or is very very slow.

Does the LCL still imitate the VCL or did they also add new things? The VCL is nice for mostly-fixed layout GUIs, but horrible for resizable dialogs because of the lack of sizers ala GTK and wxWidgets. Delphi 7 still suffers from this problem.

It's a shame to read that generics/template support is still in development. I think that any serious modern statically typed OO programming language should support generics/templates. Don't make me think back of the days when I had to write 3 different list classes just because I want to store different data types in it without requiring clients to cast return values.

Edited 2007-09-10 16:39

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