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Definition: application development system

A programming language and associated utility programs that allow for the creation, development and running of application programs. Many database management systems (DBMSs) include a complete application development system along with a query language, report writer and the capability to interactively create and manage database files.

If the development system is not part of a database package, it provides links to other databases via SQL, ODBC and other interfaces.

Some Automatic Generation
An application development system may also provide a full-scale application generator or various degrees of automatic generation, which frees the programmer from tedious coding. See client/server development system and application generator.