Memories of Turbo Pascal version 1.0 - Jay Faubion, United States

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From: Jay Faubion
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:50 AM
Subject: TP 1 experiences

[David I. note: Jay is a web application developer for hhgregg, one of the nation's leading retailers of home appliances and consumer electronics.]

I first used Turbo Pascal (for CP/M) with version 1.

At that time I was busy at a Baptist mission board migrating us from a Data General Eclipse minicomputer to an S100 system that we were putting together ourselves. We had Televideo and Wyse terminals all over the building, each one plugged up to an individual dual-cpu 8Mhz Z80 board in that S-100 cabinet. That really was a fast system.

I had written most of my code in Digital Research’s CB80 (Compiled Basic 80), which I liked very much. But as we worked with our S-100 system (which was running multiuser TurboDOS, 16 bit) one of our vendors began supplying utilities written in Turbo Pascal. While watching my CB80 code do a 45 minute compile one day (on 1 mb 8” disks), I made a conscious decision that TP was the way to go for the future.

It wasn’t long before we were processing a million dollars a month in donations from churches for foreign missionaries, all running through code written in Turbo Pascal. We got to the point where the only software we were using, that we didn’t write ourselves, was Wordstar. I probably should have switched to Sprint to make it all complete.

Suffice to say, Turbo (and now, Delphi) has been my first choice ever since. I’m a Microsoft MCP, but Delphi remains the language of choice.

[ David I. note - if you have Turbo Pascal version 1.0 stories to share, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will post some of them during this 25th anniversary month. Native code compiler Turbo Pascal lives on in Delphi 2009 - if you haven't tried it yet, get the trial download at ]

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