3GL -->
third generation language
computing dictionary

<programming language>

(3GL, "high level language") A language designed to be easier for a human to understand, including things like named variables. A fragment might be

let c = c + 2 * d

Fortran, ALGOL and COBOL are early examples of this sort of language. Most "modern" languages (BASIC, C, C++) are third generation. Most 3GLs support structured programming.

See also: second generation language, fourth generation language.

Acronym: 3GL

(01 Feb 1996)