COBOL vs Teh Governator

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COBOL vs Teh Governator

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Edited: Aug 19, 2008, 3:13am

This just slays me. Do read the comments.

I must confess, I did 12 years of Mainframe COBOL - last logged on 99273. Yes I converted LOTS of dates from Julian prior to Y2K.


"Every Byte is Precious"*

I still get to annually touch a few stray batch modules (ported to AS400 COBOL (tho CL is an fugly step-child to JCL, the COBOL works pretty much as-was with a few obvious changes to the Data Definition section)).

*to tune of "Every Sperm is Sacred"

Aug 19, 2008, 3:23am


As a Contractor, I am most proficient at COBOL. There are other languages I ~prefer~ to code in, but I've been coding in COBOL , on and off, since 1980 (started with the '67 standards). My last contract ended almost 11 months ago. I've been on the short-list for 3 different Contracts since February, all for a significant drop in fees. Nobody seems to want to commit.

Aug 19, 2008, 9:28am

I haven't programmed in COBOL since '83. Has it changed at all?

Aug 19, 2008, 9:41am

I shudder whenever I look at COBOL, but have earned my living off of FORTRAN since 1978, although recently I do more work in POWERHOUSE. On an HP3000 no less.

I find it très amusant that California's payroll system is that antiquated.

Aug 19, 2008, 6:00pm

Has it changed? Yes. I've worked on the Tandem platforms almost exclusively. After the '85 standards were rolled out, they changed their chips over to RISC, and a common runtime environment - all languages executed the from the same RTLib. So, the I/O functions are parametrized called procedures with requirements for length-of-whatever throughout and arrays of parameter values. I don't consider it 'progress'.