When I saw it was Pascal I realized why it is called Lazarus. Pascal was commonly mentioned in PC magazines in the days before the IBM PC was born. I didn't have a PC then. but I liked the idea of p-code that could run on different platforms.
It was my first "Serious" programming language. Today for Pascal you have either Lazarus or Delphi (which is amazing and very modern, but also heavy and expensive). Actually, if I remember correctly they called it Lazarus not because of the language per se, but because of an earlier, abandoned attempt at an open IDE.
The modern equivalent is Java bytecode - which is great as long as you don't have to use the Java language.
I used to do my (hobby) programming in JRuby but somewhat reluctantly changed to Python recently simply because its infrastructure is better than Ruby's and people are much more likely to be familiar with it (Python).
Yes, it's kind of unavoidable if you want to stay up-to-date on programming. But I still love the fine-grained control and speed of C/C++/Pascal.. one of the reasons I'm into Arduino actually :slight_smile:
I don't know anything about Lazarus, so I'm not promising anything. But it would pass the time on a rainy afternoon.
Knock yourself out :)
Of course, I'll be doing my own research on this matter. Problem is, my only available Linux machine right now is the Beaglebone Black. It'll have to do I guess.