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Turbo Basic

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Turbo Basic


  • History 1
  • Features 2
  • Code example 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


Turbo Basic 1.1 (1987) startup screen.
Turbo Basic

is a BASIC compiler and dialect originally created by Robert "Bob" Zale (1945-2012) and bought from him by Borland. When Borland decided to stop publishing it, Zale bought it back from them, renamed it to PowerBASIC and set up PowerBASIC Inc. to continue support and development of it.

This software is from the 1987-1988 period and features the Borland "black screen" similar to Turbo Pascal 4.0, Turbo C 1.0/1.5, and Turbo Prolog 1.1. Borland did not adopt its trademark "blue screen" integrated development environment until the 1989 period when Turbo C 2.0, Turbo C++ 1.1, etc. were released. By this time, Turbo Basic and Turbo Prolog were no longer being sold.


Borland's Turbo Basic contains extensions to classical Basic (while not breaking compatibility). One of those are drawing API, and mouse access.

Unlike most BASIC implementations of this period, Turbo Basic was a full compiler which generated native code for MS-DOS. Other implementations were either interpreters, or relied heavily on a runtime library. The integrated development environment could run a BASIC program internally for traditional BASIC debugging (see sample below), or generate an MS-DOS stand-alone executable file that could be run on other systems without the Turbo Basic product or runtime libraries.

Code example

The following program is an example of the ALGOL-like BASIC dialect that Turbo Basic supported. Unlike traditional BASIC, which used line numbers and had limited control structures and no support for ALGOL-like subroutines, modern BASIC dialects starting at this period were extended to make the language compatible with modern structured programming theory by discarding the line numbers and adding the control structures and subroutine definitions needed by structured programming.

INPUT "What is your name?: ", n$
PRINT "Hello "; n$
  s$ = ""
  INPUT "How many stars do you want to print"; s
  FOR i = 1 TO s
    s$ = s$ + "*"
  NEXT i
  PRINT s$
    INPUT "Do you want to print more stars"; q$
  LOOP WHILE LEN(q$) = 0
  q$ = LCASE$(LEFT$(q$, 1))
LOOP WHILE q$ = "y"
PRINT "Goodbye "; n$

Note that s$ is a string and s is a single precision floating-point (number). They are separate variables.

Like the other Borland products of this era, the code executes within the integrated development environment.

External links

  • Books on Internet Archive:
    • Using Turbo Basic : Frederick E. Mosher & David I. Schneider : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
    • borland :: Borland Turbo BASIC Owners Handbook 1987 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
  • Borland Turbo Basic 1.x - Stats, Downloads and Screenshots :: WinWorld - Abandonware and Pre-Release Software


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