[fpc-devel] Extend the libraries people!

Kornel Kisielewicz charon at magma-net.pl
Fri Jun 3 12:34:32 CEST 2005

Angelo Bertolli wrote:

>> What makes python interesting are the many classes it offers by default
>> to perform standard tasks, especially in the text treatment department;
>> regular expression stuff etc.
>> The same goes for most languages; Mostly it's not the language syntax
>> that determines the productivity factor; it's the number of standard
>> available routines.
> Exactly!  Thanks for brining this up.  If you just want more people to 
> use Pascal, just
> 1) Make it simple
> 2) Have lots of nice tools
> 3) And most of all, have lots of units to do different thing
> It's the libraries, functions, objects, etc. that really attract 
> people.  Why do you think Java got so popular?  It certainly wasn't 
> because it was lightning fast or easy to write.  It was because the 
> "standard" libraries that come with Java (despite Sun's insistance to 
> try to talk about the two synonomously) were so extensive.  Ever since 
> C and its concept of including libraries, it's been obvious that this 
> is the main attraction for people.

Okay, agreed. But what is there that can be done? I mean, yes -- there 
are many things that can be done by Pascal guru's, but is there anything 
to be done by a typical Pascal programmer? (without the knowledge of 
similar C libraries) I'm a FreePascal programmer that would really like 
to contribute to the project (for all it has given me) -- but with the 
lack of compiler/linux related skills I don't see much I could do.

At your service, 
Kornel Kisielewicz (charonATmagma-net.pl) [http://chaos.magma-net.pl/doom/]
"It's much easier to make an army of dumb good people than to 
make one single smart good guy..." -- DarkGod

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