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    FPC 2.6.0 released!


    first, FPC core wants to wish a happy 2012!

    To start the new year with a bang, a new major release
    of Free Pascal, version 2.6.0, was uploaded to our FTP servers.

    Changes that may break backwards compatibility are documented at:

    For Downloads, please use the FTP server at

    and sourceforge

    as much possible.


    The Free Pascal Compiler Team

    Free Pascal Compiler

    Version 2.6.0

    ************************************************** ****************************
    What's New in 2.6.0
    ************************************************** ****************************

    Free Pascal 2.6.0 is a new major version of the Free Pascal compiler.

    Please also see for a list
    of changes that may affect the behaviour of previously working code, and
    how to cope with these changes.

    Some highlights are:

    * iPhoneSimulator target

    * Many new language features:
    * Objective-Pascal dialect, supported on all Mac OS X and iOS targets
    * constref parameter modifier for "const by reference"
    * Pascal boolean types with multiple sizes (boolean16/32/64)
    * ISO 7185 language mode (except for I/O). Features amongst others:
    * nested procedure variables
    * non-local goto's
    * Mac Pascal mode improvements
    * nested procedure variables
    * univ modifier
    * Intrinsics
    * sar (shift arithmetic right)
    * bsf/bsr (bitscan forward/reverse)
    * Delphi compatibility mode improvements
    * Nested types, class variables and class local constants
    * Advanced records syntax (no constructors yet)
    * ( Enumerators in records
    * Class and record helpers
    * Generic records, arrays and procedural types
    * Delphi-compatibility of generics improved
    * Scoped enumerations
    * Custom messages for "deprecated" directive
    * Ability to use "&" for escaping keywords
    * New ARM code generator features
    * ARM VFPv2 and VFPv3 floating point unit support
    * Thumb-2 support

    * Many improvements to the rtl
    * Many improvements to the database units (fcl-db)
    * Objective-Pascal interfaces to Foundation, AppKit, CoreData and WebCore
    * OpenGL headers updated to OpenGL 4.0

    Details about these new features can be found at

    See for the list of reported
    bugs that have been fixed in this release.

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    Now this looks nice. Although its more work for me: any tests I wanted to do on the APT versions for my article are going to change. Guess I could futureproof and base it around fpc 2.6.0 now though! Excellent news
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    I've been using FPC 2.6 since RC1 was available and I absolutely love it. I really hope those who are still using Delphi 7 switch to FPC 2.6.0, as FPC supports more language features than Delphi 7 does.
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    Awesome! I like the delphi compatible generics very much! Now its way easier to make code more reusable, yet portable without the ugly hacks.

    Many kudo's for the FPC-devels
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    Was going to install this but then ended up going straight to SVN 2.7.1

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    Great news.
    I will give it a try, delphi compatible generics is great.
    From brazil (:

    Pascal pownz!

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    Well, that can be a little tough call, to drop Delphi 7 compatibility from own code, or my game library... But i can admit vector and matrix math would become easier with operator overloading.

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    Note that 2.6.0 branched from trunk in August. If you are big on generics and encounter problems, try 2.7.1


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