[Oberon] Just Starting With Oberon2

Douglas G. Danforth danforth at greenwoodfarm.com
Fri Mar 24 07:43:52 CET 2006

There are a few camps of Americans that use Oberon (perhaps a few hundred).
There are about 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Quite a bit more in California!

DLLs are relatively easy to develop using BlackBox/Component Pascal which
is now open source and contains all documentation.  You can import them and
create your own for export.  See


scroll to the bottom and download the version which (after unpacking) is 
about 35MB.
The Blackbox interface looks like Windows.  Component Pascal is a slight 
of Oberon-2.

-Doug Danforth
Oberon user since 1992.

Rory Starkweather wrote:
> I've been looking at Oberon for a couple of months but didn't find a 
> version that fit my needs until I found the Oxford version. To tell 
> you the truth, I wasn't able to figure out how to do anything useful 
> with the ETH Windows plugin version, and POW didn't run on my system 
> for some reason.
> There are a couple of questions I would like to ask. (Nothing about 
> programming yet because I'm still on page 10 of the manual.)
> 1. Is Oberon still being actively developed?
> 2. How widespread is Oberon use in Europe? I haven't found any 
> Americans who have heard of it yet.
> 3. Most of the programming I do involves a Visual Basic GUI with DLLs 
> written in either C or D doing the actual work when I need power or 
> speed. As I understand it, the 'virtual machine' interface between 
> compiled Oberon code and the CPU is relatively slow. I don't really 
> care about that, but I'm wondering if there is ever going to be a 
> version of the compiler that produces machine code? Or does Native 
> mode make that unneccessary?
> 4. Considering item 3, has anyone done any work on a DLLcapability for 
> Oberon that works above the assembly language level?
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