What's the best public domain version of Pascal for creating Windows Applications?
Posted on 2011-10-24
I have the following BIG problem. I have spent a lot of time developing a set of tools for simulating tax policy and the tools are supposed to be accessible to anybody without are requirement to buy any 3rd party software. When I started the process Delphi 7 appeared to be in the public domain (there were numerous download options and articles on the Web declaring this to be true). Over the last 2-3 years the company that has obtained the rights to Delphi have (as far as I can see) stopped the free downloading of Delphi 7 Installers.
I don't want to violate anybody's copyright so I would like to migrate my software away from Delphi Pascal to something that is truly free. My software uses a spreadsheet like component called "NextSheet" from Bergsoft.net. Can anyone suggest a free Pascal compiler with a debugger and IDE? Are there instructions available on how to integrate 3rd party componenents into one's own software using the free Pascal IDE?