Quo vadis, GPC?
mwirth at generali-int.de
Wed Jul 28 11:57:24 CEST 2010
we're using GPC in our production environment on AIX for mathematical
since IBM has stopped developing their Pascal compiler.
For our Windows GUIs we're using Delphi with a single source approach
when it comes
On AIX we're also accessing our DB2 databases with GPC with a self
around IBM's DB2 API...
The only feature I'm really missing are exceptions. It's really hard to
work with databases
I would gladly volunteer as a tester for new features.
Am 27.07.2010 00:16, schrieb Frank Heckenbach:
> Hi everybody,
> since GPC development has mostly stalled, I've thought about if and
> how its development could be continued. Here are my current thoughts
> about it. Since the text is quite long, I put it on the web:
> As I write there, I don't see much future in the current way of
> developing GPC, but also alternative development models will not be
> a task for a single person. In other words, without some new
> contributors, there is probably no chance for GPC development to
> I don't really know how many of you currently use GPC, and to what
> extent and in which ways, e.g., do you use it just to maintain some
> legacy code, or are you actively writing new applications?
> So in order to tell whether continuing GPC development is
> worthwhile, I'd like to know who of you would actually care about
> major new features in GPC (as opposed to just preserving the status
> quo), and who would be interested not only in using GPC, but also
> supporting its continued development, either by actively
> contributing to it, or -- perhaps in the case of companies that use
> GPC -- by paying for continued development.
> If it turns out there is no sufficient amount of interest, I'm
> afraid to say it's probably better to put an end to it now rather
> than further dragging along. (Of course, the existing GPC versions
> will continue to be available, and anyone who wants to can use and
> modify them, which the GPL already guarantees, but without prospects
> for the future, I would then retire from GPC development and start
> to rewrite my own Pascal programs in other languages.)
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