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Old 11-30-2009, 06:58 PM
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Default Craig's Hiatus

The last few months have been a long "battery recharge" session, and I'm still not actively doing anything with RockSim right now. My focus for some time has been more software-oriented...

I'm trying to get comfortable with Pascal, and I've been working with the Free Pascal IDE called Lazarus. If any of you are familiar with Delphi, then this package should be nearly second-nature to get comfortable with. I come from the C++ Builder side of life, and never quite got the hang of Object Pascal before, so I'm trying to familiarize myself with the quirks of the syntax more than with the environment.

Lazarus looks and feels just like Delphi, at about the Version 6 release. It has its own interpretation of VCL, called LCL (Lazarus Component Library), and is built around the Free Pascal Compiler. Since I like working with beta code I'm using the 2.3.1 compiler release. A new build of Lazarus is released each night, so it's always bleeding edge...

This is all OpenSource material, which is nice. Here's a link to the download if anyone wants to give it a try.

I'm not going to reveal the special project I'm building up as I learn Pascal, but it will involve CAD and graphics...
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