[TUHS] Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language - Unearthed!

William Cheswick ches at cheswick.com
Fri Sep 1 06:37:17 AEST 2017

I wrote a plotter driver for the CDC in Pascal.  Brian’s comments were apt: drivers aren’t quite the same as a filter, even a Knuthian-style program.

I thought the world would end up using some post-Pascal, strongly typed language.  Maybe Oberon or Modula would fix things.  (I don’t think any of a decade’s worth of Pascal programs I wrote ever had a buffer overflow vulnerability.)

I look to the likes of go and rust to get us back on track.  C is a pretty good assembly language.

> On 31Aug 2017, at 3:47 PM, Toby Thain <toby at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
> Professor Knuth seemed to manage OK, writing TeX and METAFONT in Pascal
> (using his literate programming toolset, but that did not extend the
> language much).
> I suppose Apple's Pascal and Object Pascal -- used for Lisa and
> Macintosh applications and systems software -- comes under the "so
> people fixed it" category?
> --Toby

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