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

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Feb 19 12:04:31 CST 2015

On Thu, 19 Feb 2015, Warner Losh wrote:
> 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.

At the West Coast Computer Faire, when Turbo Pascal was released,
Phillipe was deluged by continuous questions of "What about C?".
Phillipe repeated over and over and over, "NO, THIS is Pascal."
He got asked so many times, that by lunchtime, he changed his
answer to, "C will be coming soon; we are working on it."

Does anybody remember who originally wrote Turbo Pascal?
Were they involved, at all, in Turbo C?

By the millenium, [an early version?] Turbo C was available
for free download, so most of my students were using it.
I forced my students to do at least one assignment using a command
line compiler (GCC and/or DeSmet "Personal C" recommended)
even if they wanted to do everything else in IDE.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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