Four Js and Informix 4GL – history and relationship
IBM® Informix® 4GL was developed in 1985 by Chris Maloney and Roy Harrington of Informix Corporation – then known as Relational Database Systems – a Silicon Valley based relational database pioneer in the open systems market place. Informix was acquired by IBM July 1, 2001.
Informix 4GL comprises procedural (‘fourth generation’) features for database access, reports and forms-based user interaction, making it ideally suited for business applications. It has enabled the rapid development of very sophisticated mission critical business logic and as a result, is widely deployed in many of the world’s largest corporations. It is still used today by over half of Informix’s customers.
Informix Corporation launches Informix 4GL. It quickly becomes one of the most popular development languages with VARs and large enterprises in the ‘open systems’ movement of the eighties and nineties.
The arrival of client/server computing towards the end of the eighties puts pressure on Informix to enhance the user interface from its alphanumeric foundation to the more friendly and intuitive MS Windows environment.
After several abortive attempts, Informix finally signs an agreement in May 1998 with Four Js Development Tools to deliver Business Development Suite – a graphical user interface implementation of Informix 4GL busily gathering momentum in the market place. Business Development Suite with its 99% Informix 4GL compatibility hits an instant chord with users. Informix renames it ‘Informix Dynamic 4GL’ (D4GL) and sells it under this moniker for the next 3 years.
In early 1999, other databases are added by popular demand.