The Enterprise Edition is the power tool in SoftVelocity's Clarion line. The Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool includes a number of unique features that helps Clarion users maintain a reputation as the fastest, most efficient developers in the industry.
At the core of the Clarion IDE is the Data Dictionary -- a metadata repository which stores table descriptions, attributes for defaults on how columns should be displayed on Windows and Reports, business rules, and use options.
The Clarion Application Generator is central to the IDE and works in concert with the Data Dictionary. AppGen creates and maintains applications in a process known as virtual programming. The interactive Application Builder Class (ABC) Classes and Templates work in conjunction with the Application Generator to produce pre-tested OOP code.
The basis for productivity is the Clarion 4GL language, which is purpose-built, database-neutral/data-centric programming language created specifically for business applications. The software can access virtually any data through a combination of ODBC/ADO and native database drivers.