I just found PascalABC.Net on the internet. It’s so simple yet so powerful. I was quite impressed with it that I think it’s better than Delphi or FreePascal, especially for education purpose. The IDE is simple and fast while the language dialect is much more modern. This variant of Pascal should be known internationally.
However, there’s one big problem that I think would make PascalABC hard to be accepted internationally. It is too Russian centric. Even the comments and identifier names in the given samples are in Russian. So, if PascalABC want to reach Pascal programmers all over the world, the first necessary step would be to translate all the text to english, especially and importantly the documentation and program samples.
I’m from Indonesia, we’re here still stuck with Turbo Pascal 7 (with DOSBox) to teach pascal programming in schools. I’d like to see PascalABC to get known and used in Indonesia, also in the world. But I’m pessimistic it would happen if PascalABC’s documentation is still in Russian. I’d like to help on the translating, but I know nothing at all about Russian.
What do you think? Please reply in english.