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MICROSOFT QUICKC was a commercial integrated development environment (IDE) product engineered by Microsoft
Microsoft
for the C programming language, superseded by Visual C++ Standard Edition. Its main competitor was Borland Turbo C .

QuickC was one of three Microsoft
Microsoft
programming languages with IDEs of this type marketed in the same period, the other two being QuickBasic
QuickBasic
and QuickPascal . QuickBasic
QuickBasic
later gave rise to Visual Basic
Visual Basic
as well as being included without a linker as QBasic
QBasic
in later versions of MS-DOS, replacing GW Basic . QuickC is a lineal ancestor of Visual C++ . The three Quick language implementations were designed for power users (as opposed to professional developers, whom Microsoft supplied with programming languages in the form of expensive and more comprehensive implementations for the three languages in question as well as C++
C++
, Fortran , and Cobol
Cobol
) and educational use; in all three cases their major competitor was Borland
Borland
with its Turbo compiler series. Microsoft
Microsoft
Macro Assembler also competes with Borland's Turbo Assembler

VERSION HISTORY

* QUICKC 1.0, released in October 1987. It implements the ANSI C standard and is Microsoft
Microsoft
C 5.0 compatible. CodeView is also supported. The release had known compatibility issues with WD HDD controllers. * QUICKC 1.01 * QUICKC 2.0, released in January 1989. New features included: incremental compiling and linking, improved compilation speed, built-in assembler and support for all memory models. It was Microsoft
Microsoft
C 5.1 compatible. * QUICKC 2.01, released in June 1989. Quick Assembler was included in this release. It was Microsoft
Microsoft
Source Profiler compatible. * QUICKC 2.50, released in May 1990. * QUICKC 2.51, released in 1990 * QUICKC FOR WINDOWS 1.0, released in September 1991. It was the first Windows based IDE for C and was also available in a bundle with Microsoft
Microsoft
C 6.0 and Windows SDK. The IDE made use of some undocumented Windows API calls.

SEE ALSO

* QuickBASIC
QuickBASIC
- similar development environment for BASIC programming

REFERENCES

* ^ A B " Microsoft
Microsoft
Readies Quick C for Windows for July Introduction". InfoWorld. May 13, 1991. p. 113. * ^ " Visual C++ adds Windows support". InfoWorld. February 22, 1993. p. 17. * ^ "Quick C vs Turbo C advertisement". InfoWorld. September 7, 1987. p. 70. * ^ QuickBasic
QuickBasic
Programmers' Toolbox * ^ Quick Language Essentials, pp i-xxvii * ^ A B QuickPascal Programmers' Toolbox pp 3-6 * ^ Gettfng Getting Started With Visual C++, intro * ^ Quick C Programmers' Toolbox pp 3-6 * ^ QuickBasic
QuickBasic
Programmers' Toolbox pp 1-4 * ^ Using MS-DOS
MS-DOS
6 Appendix III * ^ Borland
Borland
Turbo C * ^ The Giant Black Book of Computer Viruses pp 16 * ^ " Microsoft
Microsoft
Releases C Program Wares, Provides Rebates". InfoWorld. November 9, 1987. p. 29. * ^ "Quick C advertisement". InfoWorld. December 7, 1987. p. 28. * ^ " Microsoft
Microsoft
Quick C Battles for a Better C Benefit Novice and Professional alike". InfoWorld. May 23, 1988. p. 67. * ^ "User Group Greets Microsoft\'s New C Products With Enthusiasm". InfoWorld. June 8, 1987. p. 73. * ^ " Microsoft
Microsoft
Scrambles to Patch Quick C Bugs". InfoWorld. December 7, 1987. p. 3. * ^ "Early Users Pleased With Microsoft
Microsoft
Quick C Update". InfoWorld. January 30, 1989. p. 15. * ^ "Quick C 2.0 advertisement". InfoWorld. February 6, 1989. p. 23. * ^ " Microsoft
Microsoft
Offers Quick C Upgrade". InfoWorld. January 16, 1989. p. 15. * ^ "Six C Compilers". InfoWorld. May 22, 1989. p. 47. * ^ "Quick Assembler bundled with Microsoft\'s Quick C". InfoWorld. June 12, 1989. p. 24. * ^ " Microsoft
Microsoft
Debuts Quick Assembler". InfoWorld. June 5, 1989. p. 3. * ^ "Microsoft\'s Source Profiler Works With Languages Conforming to Open Tools". InfoWorld. June 10, 1991. p. 22. * ^ " Microsoft
Microsoft
Unveils C, Quick C Updates and Add-On Tools". InfoWorld. April 16, 1990. p. 13. * ^ " QuickC for Windows creates applications without using SDK". InfoWorld. September 2, 1991. p. 13. * ^ " QuickC is a one-stop development tool". InfoWorld. November 18, 1991. p. 113. * ^ "C languages: oceans apart". InfoWorld. February 3, 1992. p. 55. * ^ "Author disputes calls released by Microsoft". InfoWorld. September 14, 1992. p. 3. * ^ "Undocumented Windows calls". InfoWorld. November 16, 1992. p. 98.

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