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RE: RE: A Recollection

by Anonymous Monk
on May 07, 2000 at 09:24 UTC ( #10503=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to RE: A Recollection
in thread A Recollection

I've "struggled" with it for two years as well. Never cared to do my assignments, so I failed. It's not that hard in the end. Although VSAM, OS/390, MVS, JCL and all that crap sure confuses you. I hate COBOL. I'll never respect it. It's so fucking weak.

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by gaudior (Pilgrim) on May 09, 2000 at 19:33 UTC
    Tell that to ALL the major banks, aerospace manufacturers, hell, manufacturers of almost anything, hosptials, insurance companies,....

    You get the picture. If you need to pound big numbers through databases, over and over again, and produce checks and statements for millions of people, or handle millions of part numbers in warehouses around the planet, you use COBOL, on big old mainframes.

    When you want nice management reports from these processes, you use a little unix, perl, java, etc.

      True there is an awful lot of COBOL about and lots of people are using it in the way that you say. However the fact that it is widespread does not mean that it is still widespread through choice, it just means that it has been very popular in the past.

      Think about how much money has been spent in the last five years making sure that legacy systems written in COBOL could handle the year 2000. OK, got that mental picture? now imagine how many magnitudes greater the task of rewriting all! of that code in a more modern language would be. Scarey!

      I have a friend who works for British Telecom on their billing software. The legacy stuff is all COBOL, but anything they write now is done in c. If COBOL was so wonderful more projects being written now would be written in COBOL.

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