Pascal was the first ‘real’ computer language I learnt (real in the sense that it was closely linked to computer science). Actually I learnt it using Borland TurboPascal on a 8086 PC with 256K of RAM, and it worked great. Borland had a sample TurboPascal based word processor which I was hacking to support the Cyrillic alphabet in addition to the Latin alphabet it supported. I had built in a key combination to switch from one to the other.

All this came back to me when I heard TurboPascal mentioned on the Security Now podcast, along with the Free Pascal website.

TurboPascal was the brainschild of Anders Hejlsberg who went on to do lots of other interesting work.


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