Re: pascal was simply useless.
Meh. Pascal appealed because it was strongly typed.
Rumor is one company used Pascal heavily in a large ECAD software suite for electronics design then they bolted a Motif UI to it.
Funny how all but their flagship tool at this particular company seem to lack visible evolution from ancient software methodology from the 80's.
Then there was another even older ECAD system. Adding to its functionality required mastering pointers to variables in C, subroutines written in Fortran. Ok, today, that method seems mundane.
C workshop was my first interactive debugger.