Although still supported optionally in QuickBASIC line numbers were no longer needed. Program jumps also worked with named labels. Later versions also added control structures such as multiline conditional statements and loop blocks.
Microsoft's "PC BASIC Compiler" was included for compiling programs into DOS executables. The editor included an interpreter which allowed the programmer to run the program being edited without leaving the editor, as of version 4.0. The interpreter was used to debug a program before creating an executable file. Unfortunately there were some small, subtle differences between the interpreter and the compiler, so that sometimes a program that ran perfectly well in the interpreter would fail after compilation, or would even not compile at all.
The last version of QuickBASIC was version 4.5 (1988), although development of the Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System (PDS) continued until its last release of version 7.1 in October 1990 (at the same time, the QuickBASIC packaging was silently changed so that the disks use the same compression used for BASIC PDS 7.1). The Basic PDS 7.x version of the IDE was called QuickBASIC Extended (QBX), and it only ran on DOS, unlike the rest of Basic PDS 7.x, which also ran on OS/2. The successor to QuickBASIC and Basic PDS was Visual Basic for MS-DOS 1.0, shipped in Standard and Professional versions. Later versions of Visual Basic did not include DOS versions, as Microsoft concentrated on Windows applications.
A subset of QuickBASIC 4.5, named QBasic, was included with MS-DOS 5 and later versions, replacing the GW-BASIC included with previous versions of MS-DOS. Compared to QuickBASIC, QBasic is limited to an interpreter only, lacks a few functions, can only handle programs of a limited size, and lacks support for separate program modules. Since it lacks a compiler, it cannot be used to produce executable files, although its program source code can still be compiled by a QuickBASIC 4.5, PDS 7.x or VBDOS 1.0 compiler, if available.
For the Macintosh Operating System QuickBASIC 1.00 was launched in 1988. It was officially supported on Macintoshes running System 6 with more than 1 MB RAM. QuickBASIC could also be run under System 7 as long as 32-bit addressing was disabled (this was not possible on Motorola 68040-based Macintoshes).
Recently, a set of TCP/IP routines for QuickBASIC 4.x and 7.1 has revitalized some interest in the software. In particular, the vintage computer hobbyist community has been able to write software for old computers that run the DOS operating system that allows them to access other computers such as on a LAN or the internet. This has allowed systems even as old as an 8088 to serve interesting functions, such as acting as a web server among other things.
Low-cost data-acquisition board for PCs offers 12-bit analog, digital, and timing I/ O. (product announcement)
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C-size embedded VXIbus controllers offer PC/ AT or Macintosh compatibility. (National Instruments Corp.'s VXIpc-386/ 1, VXIpc-386/ 2 and VXIpc-030) (product announcement)
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