FreePascal , aka Free Pascal Compiler (FPC), is a 32 and 64 bit bit Pascal compiler with extensions for different processors and operating systems. It tries to stay compatible with the dialects of well known proprietary Pascal-based compilers, so you don't have to learn much to switch to free software and/or systems. The language syntax is semantically compatible with TP 7.0 as well as most versions of Delphi (classes, rtti, exceptions, ansistrings).
FPC supports function overloading, operator overloading and other such features. It also comes with several command-line tools to help your programming, including a source formatter, a makefile generator, a C header translator, a unit dependency lister and even TP lex and yacc. FreePascal comes with its own development environment (not for all platforms yet).
26 January 2001
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