[fpc-pascal] FPC + fpGUI + Raspberry Pi = fantastic
graeme at geldenhuys.co.uk
Thu Sep 13 17:34:30 CEST 2012
I received my Raspberry Pi today, and had a bit of a play. I'm using the
Debian 6 OS with my Pi. I downloaded the FPC+fpGUI ARM archive (only a
3.5MB download), packaged by Paul Breneman.
[Awesome work there, Paul. You can get much easier than than. Just
unpack and you are ready to work.]
It works fantastically well. I could compile all the fpGUI demos without
me having to do anything extra in fpGUI. How cool is that! :-)
All I had to do to get my projects to link successfully, was to install
a few missing packages, which were not included with the Debian 6 distro
for the Pi.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libX11-dev libXft-dev
I'll have to speak to somebody to see if they could include it as
standard - after all, the Pi is meant for developers to play with. If
anybody has contacts, please let me know.
I even compiled and ran the more complex fpGUI apps like the GUI Forms
Designer, DocView (help viewer), and Maximus (a sample fpGUI IDE). Even
FPTest (my Free Pascal Unit Testing project works).
We (our company) have some big plans for the Raspberry Pi, with a
potentially huge deployment. The first tests with this device is very
Kudos must also go to the FPC team, for supporting ARM so well!
Maybe with the Raspberry Pi and Free Pascal, we can get Object Pascal
back on the map, and in the hands of young developers. After all, Pascal
was initially designed as a teaching language - easy to learn, read and
- Graeme -
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