Re COBOL: back in the day, I worked with some really huge COBOL applications, probably bigger than you've ever seen. Whatever else you might say about it, you can't say it didn't scale. Matter of fact, any language that provides includes and separate compilation / modules scales just fine. The rest is sugar.
Re^2: Why so much hate?
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The main limitation to scale for COBOL (in its original incarnations rather than the bastardized form that the likes of MicroFocus sell), was the single dataspace.
Whilst it can be managed, it requires great oversight and careful management;both of which are anathemas to program evolution and change; and almost totally preclude modern development (RAD) techniques.
With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
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