|Original author(s)||Vitaly Miryanov|
2.1.279 / May 13, 2004
|Written in||Object Pascal, Assembly language|
|Operating system||Windows, OS/2, Linux|
|Type||Compiler, Integrated Development Environment|
|License||Freeware (Windows, OS/2 2.0 or later, Linux)|
|Website||vpascal.com (archived), Online community|
Virtual Pascal is a free 32-bit Pascal compiler, IDE, and debugger for OS/2 and Microsoft Windows, with some limited Linux support. Virtual Pascal was developed by Vitaly Miryanov and later maintained by Allan Mertner.
VP was primarily useful for the following purposes:
Significant features of Virtual Pascal include:
The compiler was quite popular in the BBS scene, probably because of its OS/2 port and being one of the few affordable multi-target compilers. Also Turbo Pascal had been popular in the BBS scene too, but its successor, Delphi was suddenly for Windows only. Virtual Pascal provided a migration path for existing codebases.
There has been pressure from some users for Virtual Pascal to be made into open-source software. This has not been done, provided the following reasoning:
Although it had a wide user base in the late 1990s, VP has not evolved significantly since 2001, and after a few maintenance-only releases, the owner declared that development had ceased in 2005.
On 4 Apr 2005, Virtual Pascal was announced 'dead' on the official site. The last released version (2.1 Build 279) was announced on 13 May 2004.
Initial version was released on 4 July 1999, with last known version released on 26 September 1999. This version was maintained by Jörg Pleumann. Run-Time Library to 32 bit DPMI.
Edited: 2021-06-18 15:18:47