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Free Pascal is a very good Turbo Pascal clone free on many systems. This includes the AROS system, which is getting better each release. It is Amiga source compatible, and as the C dev environment is up, but no IDE on AROS, the FPC IDE works a treat, and with restrictions allows cross development of source for AROS, Windows, Mac, Linux and quite a few other targets.

7/11/2018 – There is just the start of an outline. I have abstracted out some of the CLI parameter management to make it easy to make a multi-purpose CLI tool to start. This I am calling CliFly and could be expanded with simple procedures and filling out the table of recognized verbs.

9/11/2018 – There is now a fully compiling set of management words and a framework to build in some new words with more useful active utility. The ones already there could be considered foundation words, supporting the search, help and test structure. A module can be easily added by making a unit which uses “GenericProcess” for dealing with exit and getting parameters. I will extend the foundation units to supply what I find useful, such as the “CS” function idiom for string compare truth. “getParse(errName)” is also there to get parameters, and print an error from a labelled routine name if no parameters are left.

13/11/2018 – I’m thinking of making a chunk based file format for the project. Based on PNG to start, and then expand from there.

17/11/2018 – Unit U437 is for “character code pages” to Unicode translations. It will likely end up being a synthetic terminal of sorts. It does provide some format conversion functions, and so is likely to get a verb or two.