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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by ylai on Tue 17th May 2005 00:46 UTC

As for Free Pascal, I'm sure many programmers will appreciate it compiles 9 times faster than GCC,

I appreciate e.g. the interprocedural optimization and SIMD autovecorization in the Intel C++ Compiler, while I still can compile at a reasonable speed without them. Compiler is not just about the speed the compiler dwells on the code.

frees you from the task to write make files.

How is this going to help for large projects?

Summing up, programming in Pascal gives you as programmer many advantages over your collegues writing C.

I think Pascal gives me no significant advantage than my collegues writing C++, e.g. using ANSI string STL class.

And to another comment:

How's the old joke go? Pascal won't let you shoot yourself in the foot.

No, even Ada will let you shoot yourself in the foot. If you enjoys aiming your foot, you should seek another profession than anything involving programming.