Subject RE: [firebird-support] Firebird UDF Compilation environments on Windows and Linux.
Author Ken Galbraith
Alexandre Benson Smith wrote
In response to R. S. Patil
In regard to FreeUDFLib
> >
> I think the best choice for OS projects is GNU C compiler and FreePascal
> (in this order).
> The FB developers will say to you stick with C/C++, If I could vote for,
> I suggest FreePascal, since I can code in Pascal but not on C ;-)

I am 57 years *young* and I have been following this list for over two years
as a silent observer. I have a legacy DOS (multi-user) system, which I am in
the process of converting to C++ Builder, IB Objects & Firebird (I mention
this to make sure Helen doesn't declare this entry as OT!)

I am an Australian who can ONLY speak & WRITE in English, yet I am
constantly amazed at the number of entries in this list, from multi lingual
people (I assume A Benson Smith, living in Brazil is at least dual lingual [
Portuguese & English ]) & without meaning to be rude appears to me (not just
from this but many previous entries I have read, English is not his first
language) make comments like the one above, " I suggest FreePascal, since I
can code in Pascal but not on C"

I started programming when I was 18 (Fortran -1) and since then have
programmed in FORTRAN II, IV, about 8 dialects of BASIC, PL/1, COBOL, about
8 different processor assembler languages (CDC Compass, 8080,Z80,8086, DEC
et al), various DB languages, SQL (since 1984), etc etc.

You young guys (which in Australian jargon also includes women, so don't get
feminist on me) seem to think that if you're a Pascal programmer you
can't/won't program in C/C++ & visa versa. What also amazes me is the ones
that mention this seem to come from countries where English is not their
first language!

Believe me, if you are a successful programmer in any language, then you can
program in ANY (computer) language, it is much much easier than learning a
second or subsequent natural language (my French is atrocious even through I
spent 3 years of secondary school studying it!)

I will give you an analogy, programming in a different language is much like
moving to another country (or different part of your own country), you just
need to rely on road maps to get anywhere until you are familiar with the
terrain. Once you have done the trip a few times, you don't need the road
map any more. I guess the point I am trying to get across is, don't get
stuck in your own little world, it really isn't that hard to move to another
area where the language may be different!

Think positive!

Ken A Galbraith