I use PASCAL for my serious programming. It seems to suit my style and is readable and efficient. It is unfortunate that most internet/games/systems programmers use C because I am not adept at learning new languages in my old age. Fortunately, there will likely be sufficient interfacing software available to manage.
I like the FREE PASCAL compiler and IDE. It is a bit crude in spots, but the price is right and source can be obtained. There are tutorials on PASCAL on the 'net, if you need help. The FREE PASCAL compiler comes with fairly good documentation.