third-generation language

third-generation language

Also known as a "3GL," it refers to a high-level programming language such as FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC, Pascal and C. It is a step above assembly language and a step below a fourth-generation language (4GL). For an example of the difference between a 3GL and a 4GL, see fourth-generation language.
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We moved down from a fourth-generation language to a third-generation language and got a more usable program.
IDC defines the data warehouse generation market as data integration and access, unified development environment, and third-generation language tools.
100 applications that run on mSP components may be developed with a third-generation language, such as C or C++, or through the use of multivendor graphical service creation tools that output S.
Tandem's Suri Harish, director, Software Product Management, said, "Borland C++ joins with our other third-generation language (3GL) workbenches -- including the MicroFocus COBOL workbench, Object Center, and CASEVision(TM) system workbenches --in allowing desktop developers to leverage the market's leading ADE tools.
Experienced developers will appreciate the flexibility they gain from advanced language features like associative arrays, regular expressions, support for manipulating binary data, high-level language support for socket communication, and the increased productivity that comes with freedom from the compile/link/debug cycle that is characteristic of development in third-generation languages like C++, Java, and BASIC.
Whether you are a firsttime buyer or considering the re >;placement of an existing automated system, you should be aware of the important advantages that a system written in a fourth-generation language (4GL) can offer over those written in the more familiar third-generation languages (3GL), such as Pascal, C, Cobol, and BASIC.
This program is designed to build your application developer skills for mobile and wireless devices, focusing on XML, Wireless Application Protocol and the third-generation languages of C/C++ and Java.

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