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

geneb geneb at
Thu Feb 19 10:43:31 CST 2015

On Thu, 19 Feb 2015, Mike Loewen wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Feb 2015, John Foust wrote:
>> At 05:05 PM 2/18/2015, Ethan Dicks wrote:
>>> I snark about Pascal all the time.  I encountered it in a professional
>>> capacity in 1987.  [...]
>>> Utterly trivial in languages that trust the programmer to handle
>>> unformatted I/O.
>> All true, but doesn't it make you wonder why Turbo Pascal
>> was such a popular development environment for the PC for so long?>
>> 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?
>   It was fast, easy to use, and inexpensive.

It also did a pretty good job of wiping the floor with every other 
compiler out there, regardless of language.


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