[fpc-devel] Forwarded message about FPC status

Florian Klämpfl florian at freepascal.org
Fri Dec 21 18:16:06 CET 2012

Am 21.12.2012 09:23, schrieb Martin Schreiber:
> On Tuesday 18 December 2012 19:07:47 Florian Klämpfl wrote:
>> Am 17.12.2012 10:36, schrieb Graeme Geldenhuys:
>>> Hi,
>>> Any FPC developer willing to comment on the status of some of these
>>> issues (that have been years overdue)?
>> It narrows basically down to the fact that fpc lacks developers and
>> contributors, or do I miss something?
> Don't you think after more than a year of decision-making about Unicode it is 
> necessary for a serious compiler to actually make and communicate a decision?

See mail from Michael.

> Don't you think for a serious compiler there should be communicated design 
> goals 

The mission goal of FPC is: develop an open source pascal compiler
written in pascal in a community effort.

> and the missing pieces and necessary boring improvements should be done
> before adding sexy new things?

Maybe people should indeed first work on the compiler instead of
developing another gui and ide. I cannot tell you neither any other
developer what they have to develop. We could close down all write
accesses to fpc svn till the features you need are developed but I fear
you won't get them either this way. People would just fork fpc or fpc
would die. So what do you propose?

> Or is FPC simply a playground for the FPC-developers?
> Then that should be 
> communicated too and I probably was wrong to invest so much time into the 
> development of MSEide+MSEgui.

If nobody is interested in features you need, bad luck for you, you have
three possibilities: develop them yourself, pay somebody to develop them
or use another compiler.

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