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: Important in windows programming
by Bryan Feeney on Mon 16th May 2005 20:56 UTC

Actually, I'd say you're almost entirely wrong.

From my experience, a depressing amount of Windows applications are done in VB, happily followed by Delphi (Borland's proprietary Pascal variant), Visual C++ and then a hodge podge of different things, including Java.

Until C# came along, Delphi was by far the nicest platform available for developing Windows applications. It made for easy RAD development but also allowed you go right down to the metal (Delphi has pointers, but it makes life easy enough that you just don't need to use them that often).

I use Delphi at work, and it's a lovely language. There are some issues, like the sparseness of the library in comparison with Java and C#, and the fact that Interfaces force memory management, but otherwise it's very nice indeed. In fact, most of the advances in Java (String primitives, single inheritance with multiple interfaces, object hierarchy rooted with a built-in Object type, easy RTTI, etc.) and C# (delegates, properties, indexed properties) are straight out of Borland's Delphi.

I've never tried any other Pascal implementation, I'd be interested to see how this stacks up.