Friday, September 12, 2008
Free Pascal (aka FPK Pascal) is a 32 and 64 bit professional Pascal compiler. It is available for different processors: Intel x86, Amd64/x86_64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, Sparc, ARM. The discontinued 1.0 version also supports the Motorola 680x0. The following operating systems are supported: Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X/Darwin, Mac OS classic, DOS, Win32, Win64, WinCE, OS/2, Netware (libc and classic) and MorphOS.
The language syntax has excellent compatibility with TP 7.0 as well as with most versions of Delphi (classes, rtti, exceptions, ansistrings, widestrings, interfaces). A Mac Pascal compatibility mode is also provided to assist Apple users. Furthermore Free Pascal supports function overloading, operator overloading, global properties and other such features.
If you need a pascal compiler then Free Pascal is a solid choice. With it you can write and run programs written in the Pascal programming language. I mostly used it for school purposes but it served me well when i was writing some simple programs. The one thing that i really didn't like is that the Free Pascal work window is very long, which is something that sometimes made the bottom bar being cut off when using the compiler. Tough you may not have that problem if you use a resolution higher than 1024x768 which is what i use. Other then that i think that Free Pascal is a solid compiler for learning use or for writing complex programs. Available for the most common operating systems.
Get it at http://www.freepascal.org/