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Stewart, Sandy 443-6113
01-15-1997, 02:44 AM
Leonard,

I've used Turbo Pascal for around ten years, from versions 3.0 to 7.0,
and have been very happy with it. I don't use C but have heard that C is
harder to debug, because it lets you get away with too much. I don't
know if this is still true.

Books I've used include _Turbo Pascal For Windows_, by Neil J. Rubenking
(1992, Ziff-Davis Press) and _Turbo Pascal for Windows 3.0 Programming_,
by Tom Swan (1991, Bantam Books). I don't know whether these are still
available or not; possibly one or the other has been updated for the new
version, since Borland Pascal 7.0 has been replaced by Delphi (now at
version 2.0, I think). This is one of those rapid application
development packages. I've not used it (nor have I yet gone to Windows
95) but I believe it still has Pascal as its core.

I would say that Pascal is probably a good transition language from
Fortran. I suggest you also get a generic Pascal text that explains the
language itself (rather than a specific implementation of it), such as
_Programming in Pascal_, by Peter Grogono (1978, Addison-Wesley).
Admittedly this is an old book (from my wife's college days) but it gives
a step by step explanation of just how Pascal works and why.

Good luck,
--Sandy Stewart



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