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Harbour is a cross-platform compiler and programming language that extends Clipper's xBase syntax. It also provides support for object-oriented programming and supports current standards such as C/C++ preprocessor directives, user-defined operators, and multitasking. Thanks to its ability to create native executables without requiring an intermediate runtime environment, Harbour can be used both in the development of quick scripts and in the creation of complex applications with graphical interfaces (GUIs). Since it was first released in 1999 as a fork of Xbase++, Harbour has gained popularity among those seeking to modernize legacy Clipper or dBase systems while still leveraging their existing knowledge base.

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