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Turbo Basic

Turbo Basic is a dialect of the BASIC programming language adapted to run faster on MS-DOS platforms by making direct calls to the PC's BIOS and hardware. It was developed by Borland as part of their Turbo series of software tools in the early 1980s. The main advantage of using Turbo Basic over other flavors of BASIC at that time was its compilation speed and high-performance capabilities, thanks to its code optimization techniques. Turbo Basic evolved alongside other tools from Borland, which eventually integrated it into their wider development ecosystem under the Pascal-based Turbo Vision library for user interfaces and data management with databases. Despite initial popularity in the 1980s when DOS was dominant, this specific dialect has largely become obsolete due to shifts in technology towards modern languages running on more advanced platforms.