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

Paul van Helden paul at planetgis.co.za
Wed Jul 22 20:38:03 CEST 2015

On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 8:15 PM, Marco van de Voort <marcov at stack.nl> wrote:

> In our previous episode, Paul van Helden said:
> > > Yes, so for example we currently have:
> >
> > if not (X is TSomeClass) then ..
> > if not (5 in [1,2,3]) then ..
> >
> > What is wrong with a language evolving to allow (in addition to the
> > above)?:
> Evolution in languages is like the evolution in organisms. Those who evolve
> wrong or expend energy on features that are not contributing to survival
> eventually perish.
> So basically it all boils down to benefit/cost tradeoff, with cost both
> implementation AND maintenance.
> Understood. I'm not trying to make completely practical points here. I'm
just trying to add to the conversation about improving the language which I
love. And I'm not even suggesting anything new: these are concepts already
embraced by main-stream languages. For new projects Object Pascal seems to
be going the way of the dinosaur and I would like to see my favourite
compiler (FPC) compete with more than Delphi. Oxygene, for example. If
FPC+Lazarus is simply the anti-Delphi (to clarify: the open source
alternative to / clone of Delphi), then I guess I am barking up the wrong
tree. It just seems that this group is the only hope for an open source
modern Pascal right now... :-)
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