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posted by marcov(R), 05.07.2014, 14:27

> It really all started when somebody criticized me over my floppy drive.

That was me, and the USB stick too. Both resulting from doubts about the core problem posed.

> And I was criticized over my preference of small programs. Selecting small
> is a waste of time they said.

(it _is_ IMHO)

> None of these had anything to do with FP, but they became major components
> of the thread.

It is in the sense that FP is a modern development system.

Anywa, the answer to your question is simple:

Use the oldest possible compiler, code your programs as low level as possible, and use a customized RTL that cuts away things you don't use. (and the older you go the less cutting you will do probably)

For Turbo Pascal code that is probably TP55, BP7 whichever has the best ratio wrt code generation and customizable RTL.

Maybe FPC 16-bit has long term better papers (it has potential for better optimization and since it is open source you could in theory beyond that), but that is not here and now, and the RTL customization will probably be more involved anyway (since it is more complicated)

If I offended you I'm sorry, but please take the fact into consideration that I have answered such questions for 17 years now, and never saw a constructive outcome. People seem to be shopping around to keep their aging setup running for a while longer, but it isn't allowed to cost any effort. Basically it is compiler shopping.


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