Turbo-Basic XL

Turbo-Basic XL

:"This article is about "Turbo-Basic XL", a BASIC dialect for the Atari 8-bit family. There is a different article on the unrelated "Borland Turbo BASIC." "

Turbo-Basic XL is an advanced version of BASIC for the Atari 8-bit family of home computers. It is a compatible superset of the more common ATARI BASIC whose most important feature is the vastly improved execution speed. A Turbo-Basic XL compiler was also made available that created binary executables (for further speeding up program performance).

Among the extra features of Turbo-Basic XL, added to ATARI BASIC, are the following:
*enhanced sound and graphics commands
*more flexible I/O commands, including disk access
*structured programming constructs
*simple debugging facilities

Turbo-Basic XL was developed by Frank Ostrowski and published in the December 1985 issue of German computer magazine "Happy Computer".

External links

* http://www.tmeyer.de/atari/index.html – Scans of the "Turbo-Basic XL" listing and "Turbo-Basic XL compiler" listing from Happy Computer Magazine. Also lists the new commands added to the language.
* [http://www.pankhurst.uklinux.net/turbotari.html TurboTari] – An extended "BASIC" emulator (based on "Turbo-Basic XL") and 6502 emulator/Atari architecture emulator all in one. Currently unfinished.
* http://users.htcomp.net/tbelding/misc/turbobasic_xl.html – Turbo Basic XL manual.

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