By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 11/21/2019
Posted: 6/10/1993
Topics/Keywords: #Writing #TechnicalWriting #BorlandPascal7 Page Views: 1095
A guide to getting the most out of Turbo Pascal and Borland Pascal with Objects version 7.
Borland Pascal Insider

Borland Pascal 7 is a guide to getting the most out of Turbo Pascal and Borland Pascal with Objects version 7. It emphasizes exploiting the language's object-oriented capabilities for writing Windows applications and focuses on the building, testing and debugging of custom libraries as well as the library supplied with the program (OWL). Teaches how to build reusable class libraries to create an inventory of program routines and enhance efficiency.

When the Borland Software Corporation put out its first product, the amazing Turbo Pascal, it was a computer language game changer. In 1993, I had never had a book published but I thought a book explaining how to do this new thing called "object-oriented programming" would be cool. So I put together a couple of sample chapters and printed them as if it were already published. That is, complete with embedded illustrations, sidebars, and code examples. At that time, no authors were presented books that way. But I guessed that a company that specializes in computer magazines would appreciate a proposal that took advantage of what computers could do; and I was right. The Coriolis Group was excited to offer me an advance to write the book, with the understanding that it should describe the next version of Borland's product, to be called Borland Pascal. I even got a beta version of the program—for free!—in order to write the book!

Borland Pascal Insider was not published by Coriolis; rather, they "packaged" it and sold it to Wiley & Sons. As I recall, in addition to my advance, a year later I received one, small, royalty check. And there was never a second printing, so copies of the book are now rare and expensive! You can still buy one at Amazon.com, however.

Borland Pascal Insider came with a floppy disk, on which were provided the sample and example code from the book. Every once in awhile, I get a request from someone who's purchased the book recently (!), probably used, and found it to be missing the floppy. Few computers even come with floppy disk drives any more; so here is the code in a simple ZIP file.