MARK IV (software)

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This article is about 4GL software. For other meanings, see Mark IV (disambiguation).

MARK IV is a Fourth-generation programming language that was created by Informatics, Inc. (later, Sterling Software) in the 1960s. Informatics, Inc. took advantage of IBM's decision to unbundle their software; MARK IV was the first "software product to have cumulative sales of $10 million".

MARK IV was developed for IBM Systems (360 and 370) and for the RCA Spectra 70. Its main benefit was allowing faster application development on the order of 6 to 10 times faster than doing a system using a 3GL, such as COBOL. MARK IV, being an early 4GL, allowed user development of systems related to business. In an 1971 ad by Informatics, there are several quotes from customers, such as:

We conservatively estimate that the benefits derived from the MARK IV System have completely returned the cost of our investment in a period of less than 3 months.
MARK IV runs ... handle Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Sales Analyses, etc. on about 26 different factories.[1]

MARK IV (as VISION:BUILDER)[2] is now part of the product suite from Computer Associates.[3]

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  1. ^ MARK IV The general purpose software product line for business data processing Informatics, Inc.
  2. ^ VISION:BUILDER
  3. ^ Interface to DB2

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