Linked by DaniŽl Mantione on Mon 16th May 2005 18:38 UTC
General Development After five years of development, Free Pascal 2.0 is ready. With the new compiler, its authors believe they are ready to become a larger open source development platform. In the MS-DOS world, Pascal was one of the major programming languages and is by means of Borland Delphi an important programming language in the Windows world. In the open source world, Free Pascal is the leading Pascal compiler and while open source is a bit biased using the C language, the Pascal language has a lot to offer to open source programmers.
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Re: Why three passes
by DaniŽl Mantione on Mon 16th May 2005 20:14 UTC

Pascal needs only to do a single pass through the source code to get all symbolic information. That did save on compilation speed and it still does. However, by doing some preprocessing before you generate the actual code you have much more information available to optimize and generate better code.