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Critical comments on the programming language Pascal


The programming language Pascal is claimed to be more suitable than other languages for “teaching programming as a systematic discipline”. However, an investigation of the Reports on the Pascal language reveals that it suffers as much from ill-defined constructs as many of the languages to which it is supposed to offer an alternative. Problems with the language are caused primarily by the confusion of ranges, types and structures and by the phenomena associated with goto statements.

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Habermann, A.N. Critical comments on the programming language Pascal. Acta Informatica 3, 47–57 (1973).

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