Pascal not considered harmful - was Re: Rich kids are into COBOL
elson at pico-systems.com
Wed Feb 18 20:03:33 CST 2015
On 02/18/2015 07:20 PM, drlegendre . wrote:
> I was introduced to Pascal in a high-school AP computer science course ca.
> 1986. It was a real eye-opener, and seemed quite powerful after only using
> BASIC and the occasional chunks of borrowed 6502 ASM.
> Personally, I thought it was an excellent teaching language - at least for
> HS students in the late 1980s.
it was CREATED as a teaching language, and then had to be
extended a bit
to make it usable for professional tasks. I loved it, and
significant pieces of code on it.
> I really enjoyed learning to use it - though
> as someone who'd had almost ten years' time with BASIC, I found the
> emphasis on recursive (sub-)routines to be a bit difficult to grasp.
> Something about it just seemed... kludge-y. But functions were a very
> welcome addition..
> Of course, I've forgotten it all!
I hadn't used Pascal for ages, but recently ported a Gerber
to raster conversion
program that I had written in Borland's Turbo Pascal on
Windown 95 and NT
to run under Linux. Just in time, Free Pascal (FPC) came
out. It was specifically
designed to run old Turbo Pascal and DEC Pascal programs
I must say that what I knew of Pascal came back VERY
quickly, and the only
problems I had were converting a few really oddball
constructs I used
in the old Turbo Pascal program to more modern methods. (I
weird tricks when allocating large chunks of memory for
raster buffers and
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