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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Good question. I've been implementing several of the benchmarks for the Great Computer Language Shootout ( and find the lack of a standard hash table class "disturbing". TStringList is good enough for small datasets, but it just doesn't cut it for the problems used in the shootout.

Ah... playing with FPC is bringing back the good old days of Turbo Pascal on my PC-XT. I wonder if I still have those old floppies around? (Or an old 5 1/4" drive for that matter...)