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

geneb geneb at
Thu Feb 19 10:40:23 CST 2015

On Thu, 19 Feb 2015, John Foust wrote:

> Was it the sheer will power and marketing of Borland, or was
> it the volume of developers who didn't need intensive low-level I/O?
I suspect it was Borland's extensions to Pascal that removed any 
limitation in I/O.

I think people confuse Turbo Pascal with "standard" Pascal.  Turbo brought 
a LOT to the table that you simply coudln't do with a standardized Pascal 
compiler.  Borland never quit tweaking the language - Object Pascal hit 
with the 5.5 release of Turbo Pascal and that was improved upon even 
further with the 6.0 and 7.0 releases.  When Delphi hit the market in 
1995, it really blew people away.  Had Borland's management not run the 
company into the ground, Delphi would be a lot more popular than it is 
today.  Fortunately they used their last functioning brain cell to spin 
their developer tools off to CodeGear in 2007.  Embarcadero purchased them 
a while after that and have continued to improve upon the product - both 
Delphi and C++ Builder.


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