[fpc-devel] "Blank slate" next version of FPC

Paul van Helden paul at planetgis.co.za
Wed Feb 20 15:32:43 CET 2019

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 3:52 PM Sven Barth via fpc-devel <
fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org> wrote:

> Pascal is a language where declaration and use of variables is separated.
> It makes it easy to see what variables are declared and what type they are.
> Inline variables mess this up as a variable can be declared somewhere
> inside the code.

Now I'm curious. Can you point me to a resource where Pascal is defined
such that the separation of declaration from use is a central tenet? I'm
not sure, but I doubt I ever look at the variable declarations to help
understand the rest of the code...

To me it seems like an artificial limitation which probably made compiler
development easier (or compilation faster?). Yet most other languages
didn't see the need for this limitation.

(I see Pascal as a C-like language with superior readability. I want the
speed of C AND be able to easily understand the code).

> I use C++ to earn my living. I know why I'm not a fan of inline variables
> as I've been biten by them often enough already.
> Can you provide an example of how inline variables can bite?
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