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 Mark on Tue 17th May 2005 07:56 UTC

When in the 1968 Niklaus Wirth created Pascal it was designed as a simple language for learning structured programming and as a tool for learning compiler design (for simply and well designed language it is much easier to create a fast and effective compiler).

Latter on Wirth has created Modula and Oberon - much better and more advanced languages for real programming (i.e. system programming, modularity, object oriented etc.) but noone cares for them and people still use old good Pascal with its limitations.

Isn't it strange?