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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Total bunk
by redbarchetta on Tue 11th Sep 2007 04:00 UTC
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The "IDE" that the article refers too is about as close to an "IDE" as notepad. What a bunch of misleading garbage. I read the article thinking dang man they must have something like Netbeans or Eclipse and what do you get instead, a friggin DOS based piece of crap that looks like the same friggin 386 compiler I used back in 1993 for ADA. Pascal was my first language and as such I kind of have fond memories of it since it is so easy to learn. So I was really excited when I read this article thinking I may have found a good cross platform solution for developing some GUI utilities that I need. Come to find out after downloading and installing the "IDE" it was nothing more than a DOS looking (yes I am not kidding) DOS looking piece of software right out of the pre-Win95 days. And I totally agree with the post above by evangs, comparing this to Eclipse is a complete mis-representation of the facts. Eclipse, Netbeans, Visual Studio, and SharpDevelop are light years ahead of this dinosaur and there is no friggin way you can compare them with "Free Pascal". So unless I am just not finding the right "IDE" on the Free Pascal website then this is a total joke and should not be considered a serious contender for any major development decision. If there is a real "IDE" for Free Pascal please post a reply with the location because I would love to see it.

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