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PowerBASIC is a high-level programming language and development environment for Windows, first released in 1989. The language syntax is similar to earlier versions of Microsoft's QuickBASIC, making it easy for users familiar with BASIC to adapt. PowerBASIC comes with an integrated development environment (IDE) that includes a source code editor, debugger, and resource editor. One of its key features is its ability to produce very efficient native machine code executables directly from the BASIC source code without having to rely on an intermediary compiler or interpreter. This efficiency makes PowerBASIC well-suited for developing performance-critical applications like system utilities or real-time control systems where speed matters. It also supports the use of external libraries created using C/C++, allowing integration with existing code bases in those languages.