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Educational Software Thread, Pascal in Technical; Hi, Our ICT Teachers want to start teaching Pascal programming from January. I have tried Free Pascal, sadly without much ...
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    Our ICT Teachers want to start teaching Pascal programming from January. I have tried Free Pascal, sadly without much success, do any of you know of a good compiler?

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    Pascal. As in the machine code language used in main frames that died out years ago?

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    pascal including delphi is a dead language (I know it just about exists!) why not vb.net express? bonus points because free for students

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    Sadly yes I am referring to the extinct language. I have suggested VB, but I have been tasked to find a Pascal compiler :-(

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    I'd assume it would be because the ICT teacher involved knows PASCAL.

    It's actually good they are willing to teach any programming but agreed they should probably try to teach something a bit more mainstream. The VB.net express recommendation is a pretty good one as it's fairly simple. There's also a tonne of school specific languages for basics fundamentals like if statements and conditions.

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    in ye olde days I used turbo pascal and I would use this for students, very notepaddy though, it was ancient when i was using in in 2003 it will do the job though

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    I know its ancient I was taught it in the 1980s - I'll give one thing it teaches you to be accurate with your programming syntax because it only reports an error when it reaches a logical inconsistancy either 1 line after the problem or anything up to 100 depending on the error.

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    You could try Virtual Pascal ... it's what the 6th form uses here.

    from here ... [hobbes.nmsu.edu] Viewing file: /pub/os2/dev/pascal/vp21b279.zip

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    FreePascal compiler, Pascaline to use it with Eclipse IDE.

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    Turbo Pascal - available free here: Turbo Pascal Download

    Lots of documentation, manuals etc.. all on the same website..

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    One linux box, and 30 copies of putty? That would teach em, I guess

    When I was at university ~13 years back, they were just changing from teaching pascal to teaching C++. It's not an awful language to learn on... but I'd say not ideal either. Still, I'd have it over "learning spreadsheets" any day, and I think this teacher is to be commended for at least trying to do something good

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