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Clipper is a computer programming language that transformed into an xBase language, a dialect of the dBase programming language. The evolution was driven by Nantucket Corporation's creation of their Clipper compiler, which introduced higher-level programming constructs and provided better performance. It gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s as one of the most popular database development systems for PCs running MS-DOS. Clipper's syntax resembled that of Pascal, but it retained compatibility with existing dBASE files. During its time, Clipper offered more power and flexibility in application development compared to contemporary competitors but eventually gave way to object-oriented languages like Visual Basic or C++ when Windows became the dominant operating system platform for professional applications.