VAX/VMS Pascal, Modula-3, Oberon, what could have been....
mark at wickensonline.co.uk
Wed Nov 2 18:38:22 CDT 2016
I recently discovered the very excellent website
http://pascal.hansotten.com devoted to all things Wirth.
I sent a message to the author, as detailed below, but I would encourage
anyone to visit the website - you will surely learn something?
Greetings from Windermere in the Lake District, England!
I read with interest your interview with John Reagan. His efforts on the
VAX Pascal Compiler, and more recently (well, in the last few years or
so) my discovery of the very excellent Theo De Klerk book on VAX Pascal
and it's excellent integration with the VMS operating system have
rekindled my love of this excellent implementation of Pascal.
I am the organiser of declegacy.org.uk - a 'mostly' annual event here in
Windermere where collectors of DEC equipment and ex-employees gather to
immerse themselves once again in the excellence of product that was the
result of DEC Engineering. I have tried a couple of times to 'entice'
John to provide a video narrative of his time at DEC - but, thankfully,
he is still a very busy man.
At DEC Legacy this time around for example I was very fortunate to find
myself in the 'programming zone' for a couple of hours - sat at a VT
terminal, trying to determine why my VAX Macro-32 fractal generation
programme would not run successfully on a DEC Alpha via the VAX Macro
Compiler. For those precious moments I could have been sat at a piece of
DEC equipment anywhere in the world. For a programmer this is just
intoxicating and all too rare these days.
I have a long standing interest in the legacy of Wirth - and indeed DEC,
as could be expected. When I was considering a programming language for
my PhD efforts on a DEC 3000/600 AXP running Digital Unix 3.2C in 1994 I
would have been better using Modula-3 and ignoring the C-based Khoros
framework which was the path I eventual took (C was a 'better the devil
you know' option at that point).
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