Linux Journal: Writing GTK+ Programs with the Free Pascal Compiler
Apr 09, 2002, 03:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Being a fan of Delphi/Pascal for Windows programming, I have
been curious about the Free Pascal project for quite some time.
Free Pascal is an object-oriented compiled language that has been
in development since 1993. I've also been interested in writing GUI
applications for Linux, which recently prompted me to give Free
Pascal a try. This article will briefly explain, based on my
(limited) experience, how to write graphical applications using the
GIMP Took Kit (GTK+) and the Free Pascal compiler on Linux.
"The Free Pascal compiler (FPC) is a 32-bit compiler released
under the GPL that is compatible with Turbo Pascal and implements
Borland Delphi extensions, such as exceptions and overloading. It
has been under development since 1993 and is available for a large
number of operating systems including Linux, OS/2, Windows and
"To install Free Pascal download the appropriate binary from the
Free Pascal web site and follow the installation instructions.
Don't forget to download the documentation, which is separate from
the binary files. The Free Pascal compiler is written in Pascal, so
don't download the source unless you already have a Pascal compiler
on your machine. The standard installation provides the compiler,
several Pascal tools, a complete set of system units, documentation
and example programs..."