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2009-07-28
by earl, 3701 days ago
"Turbo C 2.01 provided everything you needed, all of the tools, included in one environment. Turbo C 2.01 provided tight integration between the editor, compiler, linker, and debugger."

Heck yeah, a yellow-on-blue flash of the past! Part of Embarcadero's "antique software" collection, which features three versions of Turbo Pascal and Turbo C++ 1.01. This brings up fond memories, as I kind of grew up with Turbo C++ 3 (the DOS version). I learned C mostly through K&R and Turbo C++'s excellent integrated online help: pressing Ctrl-F1 on an identifier brought up a the integrated help browser which also had hypertext links to related functions and overview pages for header files:

Turbo C++ 3.0 Integrated Help


While Turbo C++ as compiler was trailing behind e.g. Watcom's in both performance and size (and we're only talking about C here, not C++), the focused simplicity of Turbo C++'s 18-years-old IDE can still serve as inspiration to present-day IDE's. As such, it's a pity that Turbo C++ 3.0 is not available directly from above antique software collection.

PS: Turbo C++ 3.0 is available from Vetusware's collection of "abandonware", but I've now idea about the legal status of that.
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