Pascal not considered harmful - was Re: Rich kids are into COBOL

Sean Caron scaron at
Wed Feb 18 17:18:11 CST 2015

I found Pascal a useful bridge between BASIC and "real programming
languages" (really C, I guess) when I was quite young. So as an pedagogical
language, I would say served me well. I will echo, as a kid who had a Mac
growing up, it was a lot easier to figure out the Toolbox bindings in
Pascal when I was playing with producing GUI apps! Saved having to convert
string formats as well :O



On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 5:41 PM, Toby Thain <toby at>

> On 18/02/15 1:16 AM, emu at wrote:
>> Zitat von Eric Smith <spacewar at>:
>>  Without getting into the merits of Pascal as a programming language,
>>> Turbo Pascal was at that time the best programming environment I'd
>>> used, and (with apologies to C.A.R. Hoare) an improvement not only
>>> over its predecessors but also over many of its successors.  The
>> Finally somebody who liked Pascal ;-)
>> I enojoyed playing with Pascal/Modula etc.
> Pascal is somewhat under-rated (not to mention a litle ahead of its time,
> as it turns out). Maybe this is because, like Lisp, those who snark about
> it are too young to have used it :-)
> Apart from anything else, it was the best-supported application and
> systems programming language for Macintosh until the mid-1990s.
> --Toby
>> However, paid jobs were FORTRAN & assembler back then

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