Back in the days when we were all using DOS, I had the idea of gauging the speed of a language by its ability to sort. I had a file of 1,000 words and the basic I was using would sort it in 6 minutes. We didn't have Pentiums those days. When I bought Turbo Basic, running it on the same computer got it down to less that three minutes. Someone told me PowerBasic was so fast I wouldn't believe it was actually doing anything. They were right. I bought PowerBASIC and the same sort was instantaneous. I've never used anything else since. The further PowerBASIC goes, the better it gets.

- Brian Reynolds, Programmer, Longreach Management Pty. Ltd.

We Created Turbo Basic...

So Check Out the Upgrade!

In 1987, Bob Zale (our company president) created Turbo Basic for Borland. It was quite a success -- Infoworld named it one of the most significant products of that year. Turbo Basic delivered an air of stability. It was directly derived from Bob's BASIC/Z, with a multi-year history of its own. But, in time, Bob realized that BASIC needed more. Much more. And with that decision, PowerBASIC was born. Also derived from BASIC/Z, it turns out that PowerBASIC is the true upgrade to Turbo Basic!

If you use Turbo Basic, you'll soon discover that PowerBASIC was built to
order, just for you. Of our three compilers, PowerBASIC 3.5 is the closest.The structure and syntax are supersets. There are more reserved words, for all the great new features, so you may need to change a few variable names. But, other than that, you'll likely find that Turbo Basic programs compile
on the first try... it's just that simple! Then, you'll get an ARRAY SORT,
SCAN, INSERT, DELETE. Popup TSR programs. An interactive debugger. An
Inline Assembler. 16 megabytes of virtual arrays. And much, much more.
Just CLICK HERE for complete details on PowerBASIC/Dos version 3.5.

Of course, we offer a total of three commercial compilers. Our flagship
compiler is PowerBASIC 10 for Windows. It creates GUI applications and DLLs with the Windows "Look and Feel"... Dialogs, Buttons, ListBoxes, and so forth. Team it up with PowerBASIC Forms, our drag'n'drop Visual Designer, for instant results.

But what if you don't need such a fancy user interface? Maybe you want a
web server app with no interface at all? Measure the distance from here to
Mars? Port a text mode program from DOS to Windows? No problem! Just look
to PowerBASIC Console Compiler 6! All the features of 32-bit Windows, but
with a text mode interface! Multi-Threading. Multi-Megabyte Strings. Macros.
Built-in Assembler. All the good parts of Windows, but without the hassles
of events and callbacks! Just simple, familiar functions like PRINT, COLOR,
LOCATE, LINE INPUT, even LPRINT to the printer!

For more overall information on the benefits and history of PowerBASIC,

Lots more information is available on all of the products in the PowerBASIC
Product Catalog
. in-depth discussion of all five of our compilers, Which Compiler Should I Choose can help you answer that very question.