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Dienstag, 28. Juli 2009 link

"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.

taggy 3907 days ago:
Das waren halt noch Zeiten!

themel 3906 days ago:
Heh... I didn't even remember the syntax highlighting and online help, but the integrated debugger thing did a lot for the early establishment of my bad programming habits.

And all those (lightning fast through hand-optimized CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT and non-bloated BIOSes) reboots after memory errors... I almost feel like writing a kernel patch to exempt the kernel code from memory protection so that it'll be just like DOS again.

headcore 3905 days ago:
don't forget to add continuous beeping, themel. i really miss these.

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