July 14, 2008 Leave a comment
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.
TurboPascal was the brainschild of Anders Hejlsberg who went on to do lots of other interesting work.