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PowerBASIC is the brand of several commercial compilers by Venice, Florida-based PowerBASIC Inc. that compile a dialect of the BASIC programming language. The DOS versions have a syntax similar to that of QBasic and QuickBASIC, while the Windows versions utilize a standard BASIC syntax combined with calls to the API similar to other Windows programming languages. The first version was published as BASIC/Z; later it was distributed by Borland as Turbo Basic and since 1989, it has been known as PowerBASIC.[1][2]


PowerBASIC is a native-code BASIC compiler whose reported merits are its simplicity of use and its speed compared to other languages.[3][4]

PowerBASIC programs are self-contained and do not require runtime files to execute. The PowerBASIC for Windows compiler can create both GUI-based EXEs and DLLs, while PowerBASIC Console Compiler for Windows can create command line applications. Both Windows versions include an IDE with a source code debugger, and offer access to independent DLLs if desired. PowerBASIC Forms, a visual user interface design tool, is also available as an add-on for PowerBASIC for Windows.[5]

The PowerBASIC for Windows compilers are compatible with the Windows 9x series and the Windows NT series of operating systems, including Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.[6] PowerBASIC for DOS is also available including support for versions of DOS from 3.30 onwards and includes a DOS-based IDE.[7]


  1. "PowerBASIC makes smooth move; Tech company finds region's affordability attractive.". Sarasota Herald Tribune (October , 2000). http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-28422911_ITM. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. Michael H. Tooley (2005). PC Based Instrumentation and Control. Elsevier. pp. 214. ISBN 0750647167. 
  3. New geometries for new materials, Eric A. Lord, Alan Lindsay Mackay, Srinivasa Ranganathan, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 0521861047 ("a very simple user interface ... speed and power of the underlying C++ ... runs extremely fast") Google Books
  4. Chaos and Time-series Analysis, Julien C. Sprott, Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 0198508409 ("easy to learn, powerful, and as fast as any C compiler I have encountered") Google Books
  5. PowerBASIC Forms
  6. PowerBASIC Compiler for Windows
  7. PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

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