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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by crlab on Tue 11th Sep 2007 00:04 UTC
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Lazarus does not yet have the polish of Delphi, but it can create nice cross-platform applications. The Windows applications are really very good. Linux relies on GTK1, and dependency issues make supportimg all distributions difficult. The OSX Carbon components have really progressed rapidly - you can create usuable OSX, Windows and Linux apps simply by recompiling to the target OS.

I actually think that the Carbon/Cocoa distinction is a bit silly - Lazarus allows a user to create good applications fast, and I really think Carbon is so useful it will be supported for a long time, e.g. see

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