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An experimental analysis of the performance of fourth generation tools on PCs

The performance of several Fourth Generation Language (4GL) tools is analyzed empirically and compared with equivalent programs written in the third generation COBOL programming language. A set of performance benchmarks consisting of thirteen separate functions is presented which encompasses the areas of simulating the operators of the relational algebra, accessing records in the database, and updating the database. This serves as a baseline for comparing the various 4GL systems.

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