Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language


The programming language Pascal has become the dominant language of instruction in computer science education. It has also strongly influenced lan- guages developed subsequently, in particular Ada. Pascal was originally intended primarily as a teaching language, but it has been more and more often recommended as a language for serious programming as well, for example, for system programming tasks and even operating systems. Pascal, at least in its standard form, is just plain not suitable for serious pro- gramming. This paper discusses my personal discovery of some of the reasons why.