Third-generation versus fourth-generation software development

@article{Misra1988ThirdgenerationVF,
  title={Third-generation versus fourth-generation software development},
  author={Santosh K. Misra and Paul J. Jalics},
  journal={IEEE Software},
  year={1988},
  volume={5},
  pages={8-14}
}
A case study examines how fourth-generation languages do well and how they come up short compared to their predecessors. Two fourth-generation tools dBase III and PC/Focus were used, and a solution in Cobol was developed to use as a benchmark for third-generation-language performance. For each solution, development effort, code size, and performance characteristics were examined. It was found that even though the code sizes were smaller with both fourth-generation tools, Cobol was clearly… CONTINUE READING
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