[fpc-devel] Pascal Standard, and what we can do.

Den cyraid at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 09:12:01 CEST 2015

Hi all,

     There's been recent talk about adding a new dialect and such, and I 
just wanna weigh in that I don't think it's a very good call to split 
Free Pascal even more.. I believe Free Pascal had such potential.. And 
the reason I mention 'had' is the fact that makes Free Pascal 'strong' 
also makes it it's biggest weakness and downfall; The fact that there is 
no direction and lead, and everyone can add whatever they want.  The 
difference between Free Pascal and successful big languages are 
*leadership*, *roadmap*, *community*, *support*.  Now I know the usuals 
will start immediately thinking 'yes but it's all volunteer, we don't 
have the man power' .. Why is many other languages believed to be more 


     If we had a group of people that designed standards (/a group 
document??/), people like me can see the new standard and say 'oh, nice 
I like that feature, I'm gonna implement it'. Let's say someone else 
makes a completely LLVM compiler based on that standard? So what if it's 
not one program, at least Pascal would 'survive'.  Just like ECMAScript, 
C++, PHP, most languages now have a 'standards' document behind it.  
That's their *roadmap*. Their *leadership*.  Design it and the 
*community* will show *support*.  I know I would actually feel like 
working towards it, because then I know when they are approved I'm not 
wasting my time creating features and such, just to have them rejected 
and never implemented. ;)

I would personally love to add to such standards, and we can add some of 
the collective wisdom of ours. :) (/I have 22+ years of experience with 
Pascal, and I'm sure Florian, Sven, Marco, and Jonas all have similar if 
not much more; and would be excellent at adding to the standard/)

- Dennis Fehr

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