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>Apple did not release a native-code Pascal compiler.

Originally, an Apple Lisa computer was used to develop Macintosh software. A Pascal compiler that ran natively on the Mac came later.

>Macintosh development in the early days (circa 1983-1985) was done using the Apple Lisa computer and its Lisa Workshop development environment.

The Lisa Workshop hosted a command line interface which accessed a wonderful mouse based editor, a Pascal compiler, a 68000 macro assembler, an object file Linker, the RMaker resource compiler utility program, and the MacCom Lisa-to-Macintosh utility communications program.

https://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?story=3rd_Party_Develo...






One compiler that was available very early on was Coral Common Lisp, which ran on a 1MB Mac Plus. It was a real native-code compiler. It lives on today as Clozure Common Lisp [1], and I can still run some of the code that I wrote back in the mid-80s on it today.

[1] https://ccl.clozure.com


Coral Common Lisp was so useful that Apple at one point bought the team&product and distributed the software via their developer channel.

It had a nice programming interface to the functionality described in Inside Macintosh.


> It had a nice programming interface to the functionality described in Inside Macintosh.

It still does:

https://ccl.clozure.com/docs/ccl.html#the-objective-c-bridge




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