strangest systems I've sent email from

John Willis chocolatejollis38 at
Wed May 18 10:33:51 CDT 2016

> The problem is that type #2 here covers most people, and sadly, the
> ivory towers of the industry & academia do not accept that certain
> languages or language features are actually widely-liked or attractive
> to people because they do not fit with the prevailing wisdom. So,
> although, for instance, TP & later Delphi demonstrated that the Pascal
> family can be appealing, practical, and a desirable choice; and the
> Oberon OS proves that the Pascal family can be used to build an
> entire, practical, useful and widely-used (in its niche) OS from the
> metal up.
Let's not forget that the bulk of the Apple Lisa operating system and
at least large parts of the original Macintosh system software were also
implemented in Pascal (though IIRC hand-translated into 68k assembly
language), which was a pretty big mainstream success for proving
Pascal as suitable for developing systems software.

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