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On 12/13/06 07:58, hendrik@topoi.pooq.com wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 09:20:43PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
>> On 12/12/06 18:06, Mike McCarty wrote:
>>> Ron Johnson wrote:
>>>> On 12/12/06 16:30, Mike McCarty wrote:
>>>>> Ron Johnson wrote:
>>> It is unsuitable for any large program because it does not have
>>> separate compilation, which is a necessity when a program gets
>>> over about 1000 LLOC or so.
>> That's *highly* implementation-specific.
>> For example, VAX Pascal had separate compilation and could link with
>> object modules from other languages back in the early/mid-1980s.
> Implementation-specific features are unavailable for use in any software 
> that needs to run on more than one implementation.
> If that's not what you need, no problem, of course.
> Except for the other guy who wants to use your software someday...

And that's the *real* problem with Pascal: because it started life
as a teaching language, each "production" implementer implemented
different extensions.

COBOL is the most portable language I know of (mainly because
non-mainframe vendors have implemented CICS & VSAM compatibility
layers), followed closely by Python.

- --
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

Is "common sense" really valid?
For example, it is "common sense" to white-power racists that
whites are superior to blacks, and that those with brown skins
are mud people.
However, that "common sense" is obviously wrong.
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