Where does Clarion 6 as a 4GL language stand in IT marketplace?

Posted on 2005-04-13
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I am doing some research into Clarion.  Do you have a view as to market share of Clarion? Who uses it?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of using it?  Is there a large source of programmers to support it?  General trend to move to it or away?
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    I have worked in IT for over ten years in a variety of roles (programming, database, networking, and project management). Put me down as "Never heard of it".

    One bit of advice: if you start programming professionally in a language it is very difficult to switch to something else. Headhunters and employers will tend to put you in only certain types of jobs. For example, if you are an Access programmer, you will find it almost impossible to find a position as a Oracle DBA because everyone will put you in an Access position.

    If you want to be a programmer, learn a language with a wide scope of interest - such as Visual Basic, C++, C,  C# or Java.

    You can answer many of your questions by checking job sites (Monster, Hot Jobs) and checking out how many Clarion positions are available. Compare that to another language.

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    Here's an interesting story:,1759,1238248,00.asp

    Anyway, it sounds like some big company IT shops use Clarion, as do some independent programmers.

    Clarion and many similar products have small market share:

    dBase, Gupta SqlWindows, Forte, Rebol....

    I'm not sure why, exactly.  The question usually comes down to, why do we need this, and how much does it cost?

    People that use it believe they get "fast, efficient database application development".   I don't know of many programmers to support it.  I did a search on DICE and get about 150 jobs returned.  Unfortunately, DICE is finding words like "clarification", so it's significantly fewer than that.  I don't know if there's much of a trend to speak of.  People who like it keep using it, but again it's got a pretty small market share.  They had a big story a while back about selling a lot in South America or somewhere like that.  Not sure if that's relevant to what you're looking for.

    You might like to join the Clarion discussion boards and get information from some actual Clarion users.  They may sell you on its finer points.
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    I have done a little networking support at a company about 60 miles away.  They had a Clarion application they were using to do their business, orders, etc.  They are now getting the Clarion application totally replaced by a much more robust solution that is a Visual BASIC front-end to a SQL Server back-end database on their server.  That is the trend for Clarion-- to get replaced.

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