QuickC for Windows

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QuickC for Windows
QuickC front.jpg
A retail copy of QuickC for Windows
Type: Compiler
Creator: Microsoft
Year Introduced: 1990


QuickC for Windows was a C compiler hosted in Microsoft Windows 3.0. This was the cheapest way of writing protected mode programs, as this retailed for $149, along with the $150 cost of Windows 3.0. Dos Extenders of the time with compilers cost several thousand dollars. Not only was this a super cheap solution, but the superior winhelp help engine made programming easier.

The interface from QuickC for windows eventually found its way into the Visual C++, as both share many common elements. What had started as an entry level compiler, was to give rise to the next generation tools.

You could target both MS-DOS & Windows 3.0 with this compiler, although the MS-DOS programs were restricted to real mode only. There was no dos extender support. However with the QuickWin library, it was desirable to port simple command line/text programs to Windows in order to use the additional memory.

The few restrictions is that you cannot create static libraries. There is support for creating Windows DLL's however you cannot call the QuickWin functions from those DLL's. The compiler is a DLL called from the interface, so you cannot invoke any of it from the command line.

A good review is available in the InfoWorld Nov 18, 1991.