?

Log in

No account? Create an account
[/.] Borland Turbo tools are back! - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-08 22:35
  Subject:   [/.] Borland Turbo tools are back!
Public

Shortly after the original IBM PC appeared, a tiny upstart company with the big name Borland International rocked the programming world by releasing its Turbo Pascal compiler. [...] Turbo Pascal's Integrated Development Environment allowed the programmer to go seamlessly from editing to compiling to debugging – and at $49.95 it cost less than a tenth of the going rate. Both cheap and effective, it opened the world of programming to everybody.

Today Borland announces a revival of the Turbo Pascal spirit with its new line of Turbo development tools.


http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2000232,00.asp

I taught myself C in Jr. High using Borland Turbo C 2.0. It's still my favorite programming environment. Its best feature was that you could right-click on any keyword or function, and it would pop up a window with full documentation - including working example code. A fast and astonishingly easy way to learn a programming language.
Post A Comment | 5 Comments | | Link






Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-08-09 00:44 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I taught myself C in Jr. High using Borland Turbo C 2.0. It's still my favorite programming environment. Its best feature was that you could right-click on any keyword or function, and it would pop up a window with full documentation - including working example code. A fast and astonishingly easy way to learn a programming language.

Does it now show KB articles? And what would it say if I click on FindFirstFile() or FindNextFile(), the greatest examples of where Windows gets its design ideas?
Reply | Thread | Link



Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-09 01:32 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
This was before the-nightmare-that-is-Win32. All the documented APIs were either posix stdio.h stuff, or Borland's rationally structured BGI libraries.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Alex Belits: mona
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-08-09 01:42 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:mona
Or conio, that I then decided to rewrite, and expanded into a window toolkit that worked on a character console (including nonstandard modes) or over BGI.

Yes, I remember TC 2.0-3.0, and I think, now the lack of a good simple environment discourages people from studying.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-09 03:14 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Turbo C 2.0 is free to download on Borland's site. I was tutoring someone in C a while back and got it for them.

Unfortunatly it seems to have some beef with modern video cards or something. Had to reboot to DOS to get it to work.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-08-09 01:23 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Wow. back in the good old days... learning Turbo Pascal in High School
Reply | Thread | Link



browse
May 2015