Linked by Joost van der Sluis on Mon 10th Sep 2007 16:03 UTC
General Development Recently, Free Pascal (FPC) version 2.2.0 was released. This open source Pascal compiler has - since its initial release in 1993 - grown to be one of the most sophisticated open source compilers available today. Daily, more programmers discover FPC and develop their applications in Object Pascal. Specifically, the development of Lazarus has contributed to this phenomenon: Lazarus is a graphical open source IDE for FPC, with an extensive tool kit to design graphical (GUI) applications.
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RE: Total bunk
by rayiner on Tue 11th Sep 2007 04:22 UTC in reply to "Total bunk"
rayiner
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I wouldn't be very quick to judge an IDE just by it's look. The OpenDylan IDE has a distinct Win95 look to it, but in many respects it's more advanced than Eclipse or NetBeans (eg: full compiler integration). SLIME is a pre Win95-looking Emacs add-on, but it's much more advanced than NetBeans or Eclipse in ways that matter.

I used Eclipse for a couple of projects over the period of a year, and I'm not very impressed. It's basically got a lot of gimmicks to make up for two major weaknesses: no real integration with the compiler, and a language that requires lot's of wizards and crap to get anything done.

That said, I'm not saying the FreePascal IDE is any better, but rather that you'd be surprised how a primitive-looking interface can hide a lot of powerful features, which show themselves only when you use the thing to write a lot of code.

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