Frank Ostrowski

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Frank Ostrowski (born 1960 - died 2011[1]) was a German programmer best known for his implementations of the BASIC programming language.[2]

After his time with the German Federal Armed Forces, Frank Ostrowski was unemployed for three years. During this time, he developed Turbo-Basic XL for the Atari 8-bit family. It was published in the German language Happy Computer Magazine in December 1985 (where it became Listing of the Month). Turbo-Basic XL was both much faster and superior to the existing Atari BASIC.[citation needed]

He soon got a job with GFA Systemtechnik GmbH (at the time known as Integral Hydraulik) where he wrote GFA BASIC on the Atari ST which became one of the more popular BASICs on that platform.

Frank Ostrowski died in 2011 after a severe disease.[3]


  1. ^ AtariWiki: TURBO-BASIC XL, Abschnitt ‚Source Code‘, 1. Absatz. Abgerufen am 8. März 2018
  2. ^ "Historie vývoje počítačových her (145. část – další textovky na Amigách)". Root CZ. Root CZ. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "AtariWiki V3: TURBO-BASIC XL". Retrieved 2017-05-26.