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sentienttoaster
12-04-2002, 12:16 PM
I'm thinking about going into programming at college, and was wondering if I should learn pascal. I know that I will have to take a class on it, but is there any other reason that I should learn it???

webturtle0
12-04-2002, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by sentienttoaster
I'm thinking about going into programming at college, and was wondering if I should learn pascal. I know that I will have to take a class on it, but is there any other reason that I should learn it???

Learn it before or during college?

adamviper
12-04-2002, 12:57 PM
learn it before so if you take c++ classes you wont put pascal into a c++ program

civix
12-05-2002, 11:43 AM
Pascal seems to be a pretty easy language to learn..
It's one of the older ones but hey... I can code a smaller program faster in pascal than I would be able to in C++..

I'm only learning it for auxilary purposes..and to add another language to my infrantry.

Sang-drax
12-05-2002, 11:47 AM
The syntax is clearer but less versatile than C++'s.


for I := 1 to 5 do
begin

end

for (i=1;i<=5;++i)
{

}

salvelinus
12-05-2002, 11:47 AM
Delphi's an IDE for Object Pascal. Kind of like robust VB, good database support. It seems to be much more popular in Europe than the US, even though it's the main programming language where I work.

adrianxw
12-05-2002, 01:51 PM
At home, or for private customers, if I'm doing anything with a database, I use Delphi. IU often knock up prototypes in Delphi as well, as I can remember the syntax better than VB.

lightatdawn
12-05-2002, 01:58 PM
The structure of pascal is also very simular to C. So the move from either pascal->C or C->pascal is extremly painless.

>>The syntax is clearer but less versatile than C++'s.

Actually, I found many areas of pascal to be cloudier than their C equivelants. Although, yes, there are some more intuitive examples.

>>I can code a smaller program faster in pascal than I would be able to in C++

... Its been years since I've written a pascal program. With all of my custom designed C related tools, I'd actually find it much faster to bang something out in C than I would in pascal. But thats just where I'm at now, not a reflection on the language.

master5001
12-06-2002, 03:17 AM
Pascal is a generally fun language. I actually rarely use it for anything, but that is just because C has really grown on me. And C++ is just so painless. And although pascal may not appear to have much to offer over C/C++ I can say that it usually is easier to read and write pascal then it is in C/C++.

ammar
12-06-2002, 03:41 AM
The first time I started learning a programming language was in college, and it was C++( we don't learn Pascal ), and I didn't have any difficulty with it.
If you have time, learn Pascal or C++, it will help you, but if you don't it won't be difficult to you start at college.