Pascal not considered harmful - was Re: Rich kids are into COBOL
imp at bsdimp.com
Thu Feb 19 10:51:25 CST 2015
> On Feb 19, 2015, at 9:33 AM, Mike Loewen <mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us> 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 didn’t completely suck in an era where most other alternatives did.
There were no C compilers worth a damn, and those that were available
were too slow or too limited.
It provided unformatted I/O extensions.
It provided access to the raw machine in lots of interesting ways.
It had common libraries for the common low-level accesses that you’d
It was mostly ‘C’ish enough that you could get s*t done quickly and efficiently.
There was some really bizarre stuff, but I wrote a lot of pascal utilities for
my DEC Rainbow back in the day that were impossible with the other tools
available at the time.
Then Turbo C and Turbo C++ came out and did all this plus compiled all
the unix code floating around and I dropped Turbo Pascal like a hot potato.
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