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

John Many Jars john at
Thu Feb 19 13:36:35 CST 2015

On 19 February 2015 at 16:40, geneb <geneb at> wrote:

>  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.
> They did.  TP was successful because it was fast, cheap and flexible.
Don't underestimate the cheap part.

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