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#thinking-together
Mariano Guerra

Mariano Guerra

09/27/2019, 9:40 AM
anyone here used 4GL languages in the 90s? would you mind sharing your experience? if not, do you know of a good resource to have a good overview of 4GL languages?
9:51 AM
looking for videos on youtube, it seems Visual Fox Pro 9 is still being used 🙂 (released in 2004)
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Tudor Girba

09/27/2019, 10:13 AM
I was wondering about the
90s
constraint 🙂. These languages are still in use today.
Mariano Guerra

Mariano Guerra

09/27/2019, 1:28 PM
they were all the rage in the 90s, that's the reason for the constraint
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Tudor Girba

09/27/2019, 1:33 PM
I know. It was more of a joke. On the other hand, Scratch is in rage right now, and it kind of fits that description, as well.
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Greg Jarmiolowski

10/01/2019, 12:59 AM
I used to do Oracle Forms which seems to be considered 4GL. It was a great tool. I loved how you brought in your data access all via these things called Data Blocks. I think this data-centric nature distinguished it from the Borlands and Microsofts of the same time. That said it relied very very heavily on an Oracle database although you could get data drivers to talk to other sources. The visual aspects of the system were great but you asked about language. I recall it had triggers like When-Create-Record and When-Remove-Record. You could navigate records, show and hide form elements, etc. But it all required the RAD tool. I loved it. There were some things to dislike but you could be very productive with database heavy applications and the way the tool organized things made it generally easy to understand an app and thus maintain it. The biggest issues were in the visual part which maybe speaks less to your 4GL question.