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.
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.

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