Third-generation versus fourth-generation software development

  title={Third-generation versus fourth-generation software development},
  author={Santosh K. Misra and Paul J. Jalics},
  journal={IEEE Software},
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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