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: Pascal and speed
by peter gree on Mon 16th May 2005 22:06 UTC

never benchmarked it myself but afaict it comes down to how you code

from what i gather if you code like a C coder and ignore things like high level strings it will be nearly as fast as C i seem to remember that on arm freepascal beat GCC in simple test though thats probablly a case of GCC being badly optimised for that platform

if you start overusing things like high level strings (ansistrings and widestrings) in performance critical parts of the code then your app will be considerablly slower.

finally because there is no GC in the java sense you don't get anything like sudden slowdowns caused by GC passes