On Sat, 23 May 2020, Clem Cole wrote:
> [...] Pascal tries to be the answer, but I think it suffered from the
> fact that it makes Pascal a production quality language, you had a
> extend it and everybody's extensions were different.
Perhaps I'm the only one here, but when I was taught Pascal (possibly by
Dr. Lions himself) it was emphasised to us that it was not a production
language bur a *teaching* language; you designed your algorithm, debugged
it with the Pascal compiler, then hand-translated it into your favourite
language (and debugged it again :-/).
It's not that you could not turn Pascal into a production language, but every attempt to try to do so was done in a different manner. And within firms it was always different. Eight different 'Tek Pascal' implementations -- all close, but different - he says shaking his head.