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A fourth-generation programming language (4GL) is any computer programming language that belongs to a class of languages envisioned as an advancement upon third-generation programming languages (3GL). Each of the programming language generations aims to provide a higher level of abstraction of the internal computer hardware details, making the language more programmer -friendly, powerful, and versatile. While the definition of 4GL has changed over time, it can be typified by operating more with large collections of information at once rather than focusing on just bits and bytes . Languages claimed to be 4GL may include support for database management, report generation , mathematical optimization , GUI development , or web development . Some researchers state that 4GLs are a subset of domain-specific languages . 

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