Oberon and the OberonStation (retro-style FPGA computing)

Jon Elson elson at pico-systems.com
Tue Nov 24 20:16:33 CST 2015

On 11/24/2015 07:34 PM, Paul Koning wrote:
> Judging a language without even looking at it seems rather odd.
> Pascal is largely obsolete now, but I still appreciate it -- of the 40 or so languages I know, there are only two where I could go from no knowledge at all to having a working program of significant size in one week: Pascal and Python.
I mostly LOVED Pascal, and years ago it was my language of 
choice for most things.
I wrote some significant programs in it, first Borland's 
Turbo Pascal, later DEC Pascal on the Vax.
I recently revived my biggest Pascal program, which I had 
run in Windows 2K and XP, but had not maintained in over a 
decade.  the Linux Free Pascal Compiler came out, which was 
aimed specifically at compiling Turbo and DEC pascal 
variants.  This program converted Gerber photoplot files to 
a raster format for my laser photoplotter.  I was able to 
get the original program working with minimal effort 
directly under Linux.  It runs a lot faster, too.

My only complaints with Pascal were the I/O was a bit clunky 
and slow, and the stupid / vs. div for real vs. integer 
divides. Otherwise, I really thought it was great.


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