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What is Turbo C programming?

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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.

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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.

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