Date : Sat, 02 Nov 1985 2013-:00EST
From : Walt Lamia <LAMIA@dec-marlboro.ARPA>
Subject: Re: Borland Modula-2 ???
Quoting without permission from TUG (Turbo User Group) Lines,
"Turbo Modula Lives!
At least in a beta-test version, under CP/M-80. I saw it running
at SOG IV in Bend, Oregon in July. A demonstration and talk were
given by Mike Weisert of Borland, a memter of the software desing
team adssigned to the development of the Turbo Modula Toolbox.
The beta version demonstrated was quite impressive, using incrementatl
compilation to generate intermediate-level "M" code that can be executed
in memory by the Modula-2 interpreter, eliminating the need for native
code compilation, linking and execution just to test routines. If
you stop on an error, you can return to the editor, fix the error
-- and >resume compilation from where you left off!<
Once the memory-compiled version is working, you can re-compile to
The version demonstrated includes several new options on the main
menu as well, including file management (copy, delete, etc.) and
file printing. It even includes an option that will enable the
compiler to distinguish between upper- and lower-case text.
Compilation and execution seppd anre good, and as good or better
than more expensive implementations of Modula-2 now on the market.
Like Turbo Pascal, the beta version of modula-2 seems to write a
large runtime package into a compiled file, creating somewhat of an
overhead for smaller programs. Since the heaviest use of Modula will
probably be for developing large programs, this shouldn't present a
real burden, except for those with memory limitations.
Development of the 16-bit version of Turbo Modula is said to be a
little behind the 8-bit version, and there's no word on which will be
released first, of if they will be repeased together. Perhaps by