Report Program Generator

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report program generator

[ri′pȯrt ¦prō‚gram ‚jen·ə‚rād·ər]
(computer science)
A nonprocedural programming language that provides a convenient method of producing a wide variety of reports. Abbreviated RPG.

Report Program Generator

(RPG) An IBM programming language developed by Wilf Hey at IBM in 1965 for easy production of sophisticated large system reports.

RPG is a 3GL similar to COBOL, but more concise and supposedly easier for non-programmers to use. It processes its input one line at a time and does not treat tables as conceptual entities.

It was popular on System 34/36 minicomputers.

Versions: RPG II, RPG III, RPG/400 for IBM AS/400. MS-DOS versions by California Software and Lattice. Unix version by Unibol. Cross-platform version by J & C Migrations runs on MS-DOS, Windows, AIX, HP-UX, and OS/390.

See also CL, OCL.