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y.ivanov:
Would anyone recommend some kind of minimalist IDE for Pascal? 

Imagine a teenager who spends most of his time with CS and Fortnite and used to get results with just a few clicks. Needs to be converted to the right religion. The undertaking is quite delicate...

Lazarus is much overloaded with features to be a 1-st time environment, fpide.exe is fine, but it is not a 'native' Win GUI, which I consider to be a problem in this particular case.

I really like ArduinoIDE, but unfortunately it's for C.

Any suggestions welcome!

marcov:
I would advise to stick with lazarus, it is IDE with the best finishing touch, which is important for beginners.

Martin_fr:
About Lazarus:
Yes it has tons of features. And many of them you may not need, but you will never get to see them either.
Many of those features will only be notable to you, if you actually look for them.

Some things I can see....
The Lazarus menus have lots of entries. That is something you will be exposed too.
I do not know, never tried myself, but if memory serves there is a package EducationLaz (or similar), that does reduce the menu clutter. It would be a one time task to install it.
I can not advice if it really is useful to you. Maybe someone else knows.

The other issue, where you get into "all the features" is the option dialog. But you probably can avoid going there at all. And if you have to go there, it has a search box.

All else, should be fine.
You get out of the box, an source code editor, a GUI form designer, and GUI elements to place there. Nothing excessive in all of that.
You can ran the App you create pressing F9, and if anything goes wrong the debugger will pop up. (and more debugger access is under menu View > Debug Windows).

And that is really all you need in order to start.

y.ivanov:

--- Quote from: Martin_fr on April 17, 2021, 04:37:25 pm ---[snip]
I do not know, never tried myself, but if memory serves there is a package EducationLaz (or similar), that does reduce the menu clutter. It would be a one time task to install it.
[snip]
And that is really all you need in order to start.

--- End quote ---

Thanks Martin_fr, it seems that your memory serves you quite well!
IMO, that package will do the work. I just need to pick the menu items one by one.

Regards,
 

CM630:
Just install the AnchorDocking package. IMHO, it makes the Lazarus IDE much, much better.

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