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Archive-name: pascal/borland-minifaq
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Last-modified: 1996/04/13
Version: 1.0

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  This is the comp.lang.pascal.borland Mini-FAQ, maintained by Tom Wheeley

  What's New?  (New bits are marked with a '|' at the line beginning)

     + FAQ regarding versions of BP and TP
     + Submitting material to SWAG
     + New location of Jon Shemitz's FAQ.
     + FAQ of the week

  FAQ of the moment [tm]

  "2000 is a Leap Year : see ..."

  Leap := (Yr mod 4 = 0) xor (Yr mod 100 = 0) xor (Yr mod 400 = 0) ;

  1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, and 2200 are not leap years. But 1600,
  2000, and 2400 are leap years.  1996 (as witnessed) is a leap year.


          1  What is comp.lang.pascal.borland?
            1.1  History of the Group
            1.2  Posting Guidelines

          2  Where can I find {more?} Information?
            2.1  FAQs (about pascal)
            2.2  FTP sites
            2.3  WWW sites
            2.4  Notable sources of information
            2.5  Uploading your masterpieces to an FTP site or SWAG

          3  Frequently Asked Questions (Not for the pascal language).
             . How do I make EXE files with Turbo Pascal?
             . Is it possible to 'decompile' pascal EXEs or TPUs?
             . What is the difference between BP, TP and TP for Windows?

          APPENDIX A - FTP site mirrors
          APPENDIX B - Credits

   1.  What is comp.lang.pascal.borland?

  This is the group for discussion on Borland Pascal, Turbo Pascal and
  Pascal for windows systems.  All users are welcome, and this group is
  not moderated.  In order to keep usenet confusion down, we request that
  you post only questions or discussions concerning pascal on the Borland
  Pascal compilers. Please note that the Delphi does not really belong in
  this group, seeing as there are three other groups for Delphi discussion


  There are also the following pascal groups:


  And the Turbovision group described as "Borland's text application
  libraries."  It is C-biased, but Pascal does get a look-in:


  Prof. Timo Salmi posts a FAQ regarding the newsgroup reorganization
  weekly.  It is also available from garbo (see 'FTP sites')

  Important: *+* Please do not post to the obsolete comp.lang.pascal *+*

  * History of the Group

  This group was created by popular vote on June 12, 1995.
  Information on the group is available from:

  * Posting Guidelines

    * "A problem well stated is a problem half solved"  Charles F. Kettering

    *  Put as much information as you can early in the subject line.
       Subjects like "help me" or "question about Pascal" are silly.  Please
       also note that some newsreaders truncate the subject line early.

    *  Usually, it will be sufficient to post to a single one of the Pascal
       groups.  But if you ever need to post to more than one group, be sure
       to use a single cross-posted article rather than multiple postings;
       the Newsgroups entry lists the groups, separated by commas.

    *  Please do not request the answer to your question solely via e-mail!
       Someone else will be interested, and it is only polite to the readers

    *  We will not do your homework for you!
       We will, however, give advice on specific topics.

    *  Be aware of limits. Many newsreaders have difficulty with subject
       lines over 40 characters (which get chopped up). Try to keep
       your posting text lines to 70 characters or LESS. If you use more,
       your posts will look messy when quoted.  My excuse is I use Dos Edit.

    *  Binaries should NOT be posted to this group.  Nor MIME Attachments.
       (Especially {*word*193} are those mailers which convert '=' to '=3D', a very
       bad thing to do to some Pascal source code...)
       If you want to distribute binaries or large source files then you could
       upload it to one of the FTP sites. See the section 'Uploading your
       masterpieces to an FTP site'

       If you are wondering *why* binaries are banned, read this:
        13. *****
         Q: May I just go ahead and post binaries to discussion newsgroups?

       Expressly forbidden is posting of any commercial material, for
       example Turbo Pascal 7, or even just GRAPH.TPU.  *This is illegal*
       Do not even ask for these.  Contact Borland if you have a problem.

   2.  Where can I find more information?

  * Pascal FAQs:
     - The infamous, ubiquitous, mandatory and downright useful
       Timo Salmi's 'Common Turbo Pascal Questions and Timo's answers'
       is available at

     - Jon Shemitz' comp.lang.pascal FAQ

     - Pascal Turbo Vision FAQ (see WWW section)

   2.2   FTP sites: See Appendix A for mirrors

  'Garbo'   The primary Turbo Pascal source/unit site.
     {turbopa* directories}

  'Oulu'    Lots of files related to game (and demo?) programming.

  'SimTel'  "The Coast to Coast Software Repository"
           {../info too}

  'Borland' Borland's Web site

  TV site   Turbovision source/applications ?

  These may be referred to by the name in the left hand column, both in
  this FAQ, and on the newsgroup.  For SimTel and Garbo at least, please
  try to use a closer, faster, mirror site. (In Appendix A)

   2.3   WWW sites

  If you have a Web site concentrating on Pascal (esp. Borland), then why
  not get it added to the list in the FAQ.  Just send the URL and a short
  description to me, <>.
  * Turbo Pascal Programmers Page

  This page is supposed to give a quick overview of what is available
  on the net for programmers in Turbo/Borland Pascal.

  The page covers:

     BGI drivers, Book descriptions, Compilers, Delphi, FAQ's,
     FTP sites, Game programming, Genetic programming, Graphics programming,
     Information, Manuals, Newsgroups, Numeric programming, Sources,
     Sound programming, Turbo Vision, Websearching, Windows programming,
     Winsock programming, WWW sites, ZZZ attic

  {Jeroen Prins}
  * Scott's Cool Programming Page

  This page is mainly devoted to the cooler aspects of programming
  including sound blaster, cd-rom and graphics. I have articles which are
  articles I've either found or written on certain topics and I have a file
  formats section and a newgroups section (only has one newgroup in it
  right now). Its not entirely pascal, there is some C code in one or two
  of the articles but I program in pascal and my articles all have pascal
  code in it.

  {Scott Serven}
  * TVPlus: Home Page

  This is mainly C-biased, but the Pascal section is accessible from

  This page contains frequently (and not so frequently) asked Pascal
  TurboVision questions with Berend's and other users's answers. Comments,
  corrections, and additions are solicited.

  * Rex K. Perkins Pascal Page

  This page provides current information on BugSlay, The Pascal Postmortem
  De{*word*81}, as well as links to other Pascal related information.

  Initially I am focusing on the Borland compilers. If sufficient interest
  is shown, along with

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Re:comp.lang.pascal.borland Mini-FAQ

In article <4lkjn6$> (Patrick D Rockwell) writes:

>In article <>,  <> wrote:
>>Archive-name: pascal/borland-minifaq
>>Posting-Frequency: Every Week
>>Last-modified: 1996/04/13
>>Version: 1.0

>>    Borland Pascal can do everything that both Turbo Pascals can do, plus:

>>    .  Compile for DOS Protected mode (16 bit only)
>What about 32 bit machines? Does this mean that non-16 bit machines
>can't compile programs which run in protected mode?

No, it means that the Borland protected mode interface is 16 bits.  It still
compiles and runs on 32-bit machines.  In 16-bit protected mode, the memory
ceiling is 16MB, as opposed to 4GB(?) in 32-bit protected mode.  It still
works on a 386 or better, but it uses a 286-style protected mode interface.

This statement *is* a little ambiguous.

>..........Patrick D.
>Prodigy: hnhc85a
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Scott F. Earnest           | We now return you to our regularly scheduled | chaos and mayhem. . . .

Re:comp.lang.pascal.borland Mini-FAQ

In article <>,  <> wrote:
>Archive-name: pascal/borland-minifaq
>Posting-Frequency: Every Week
>Last-modified: 1996/04/13
>Version: 1.0

>    Borland Pascal can do everything that both Turbo Pascals can do, plus:

>    .  Compile for DOS Protected mode (16 bit only)

What about 32 bit machines? Does this mean that non-16 bit machines
can't compile programs which run in protected mode?

..........Patrick D. Rockwell..................................................
Prodigy: hnhc85a
America On-Line: patri48975

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