[fpc-devel]Hello. Anyone working on Package support? I'd like to help...

Michael.VanCanneyt at Wisa.be Michael.VanCanneyt at Wisa.be
Fri Mar 19 21:24:26 CET 2004

On Fri, 19 Mar 2004, Warren Postma wrote:

> Hi, I'm a 15+ year Pascal/Delphi developer interested in improving the 
> FPC and Lazarus.  I am interested in helping out with
> Package support. Was any work done on this? 

None yet.

> Who was working on it? How 
> far did they get? Did anyone write up a package-architecture 
> documentation of any kind?  Is there any package-docs that describe a 
> proposed object-oriented packaging system for the freepascal 
> compiler/linker?

None is designed yet. The specs are simple: Take any Delphi package and
compile it.

> I am a fairly competent Unix/Posix developer already in C, and a 
> god-like Delphi objectPascal developer (as well as incredibly humble 
> <grin>), and I'd sure like to help fpc and lazarus evolve into being a 
> real Delphi-like open source set of tools.  Right now I think that fpc 
> needs a lot more features (like complete support for packages, variants 
> including var-arrays) before I start into contribs for Lazarus.  The 
> fact that Lazarus component "packages" require a recompilation of 
> lazarus itself is proof positive that Lazarus will be stuck in a rut 
> until FPC evolves a little.  I've always wanted to get my hands dirty 
> inside compiler/linker code, so here goes...

Feel free to start on package/variants support. Personally, I would be most
pleased if the Variants are working. It's a bigger showstopper than


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