What Is Turbo C Programming?

Turbo C and Turbo C++ were popular C and C++ compilers and tool kits created by Borland. They were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While they are rarely used today, they are still favored by some enthusiasts.

The C and C++ programming languages are still around, but they were ubiquitous in certain areas in the late 1980s and late 1990s. While there were many C and C++ compilers on the market, Turbo C and Turbo C++ were among the most popular. They were known for producing fast code, and they contained special libraries to make reading user input easier.

Because they compiled 16-bit code, Turbo C and Turbo C++ would not run natively on 32-bit operating systems, but they could be run through Windows compatibility layers. No such layers exist for 64-bit systems, so people who want to use them generally use DOS emulators.

GCC, LLVM and Microsoft's C and C++ compilers can produce native 32-bit and 64-bit code and are the preferred options among most programmers. While DOS is no longer supported commercially, enthusiasts still write DOS programs for use in emulators. Because Turbo C++ was released under a license that allows it to be used for free for personal use, it is a popular option among hobbyist DOS programmers.