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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Executable size?
by DLX on Tue 17th May 2005 10:44 UTC

Is it me or are the executables that FreePascal creates HUGE?

program test;

uses windows;

BEGIN
windows.messagebox(0,'testing','testing',0);
END.

This creates a 105KB file! And while in "release" mode.

In Delphi, same code results to 15KB executable.

If UPX'ed, 92 and 9KB, respectively.

I shudder on the thought what size button-label 'Hello World' would be....