Pascal & Ruby Link

First of all, hello. My name is Jon (BadQuatna) Sawyer and I’m somewhat
new
to ruby. I am an amateur programmer and program as a hobby, which you
may
not guess since it consumes so much of my time. I’ve never really
written
anything useful so you probably haven’t heard of me. I’ve been
programming
in Pascal since I was 12 (I’m 22 now) and have tried many other
languages
but none of them really bonded to me… until ruby… which I’ve fallen
in
love with. It has finally replaced my addiction to Pascal as a
syntactically cleaner, more concise language.

However, as much as I love programming in ruby… I do still have
feelings
for pascal and sometimes think certain, low-level things would be much
more
efficient in pascal objects… If only there were a way for linking to
two
at the hip…

And that is the entire reason I’ve joined the ruby-talk ML… To
explore
the concept, if anyone is interested in talking with me about it.

If there is not a clean way of doing it then we might as well not… and
by
clean I mean it should not be much harder to use Pascal objects in Ruby
and
Ruby objects in pascal… anything requiring a great deal of “handling”
code
to accomplish this would ruin the idea.

Last but not least when I speak of pascal I refer specifically to the
FreePascal dialect… The FreePascal compiler is very good at
interfacing
Pascal code with C code and I think is uniquely suited for this problem.

Anyone interested please reply. You can try to hunt me down on
irc.freenode.net in #fpc, #ruby-lang, #ruby4fpc ect as BadQuanta but I
cannot guarantee when I will be on.

Jon Sawyer wrote:

[interesting snippage]

Anyone interested please reply. You can try to hunt me down on
irc.freenode.net in #fpc, #ruby-lang, #ruby4fpc ect as BadQuanta but I
cannot guarantee when I will be on.

Jon,

This seems worthwhile to me. Standard Pascal, as we know, is a giant
pain and nearly useless.

But Object Pascal (which I think is equivalent to Free Pascal) is
another matter. IIRC it’s trulyt object-oriented, very powerful,
and overall a better language than C++ or Java (IMO).

I don’t know that anyone has ever tried this kind of interfacing.
There is a guy who made a Ruby/Delphi bridge named Apollo… try
looking him up.

And maybe you can help me lobby for an “in” operator for Ruby… :wink:
Some people love that idea, some hate it. It’s a minor point, but
it would improve my life a little.

Cheers,
Hal

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