COmmon Business Oriented Language
<language, business> /koh'bol/ (COBOL) A programming language for simple
computations on large amounts of data, designed by the CODASYL Committee in
April 1960. COBOL's natural language style is intended to be largely
self-documenting. It introduced the record structure.
COBOL was probably the most widely used programming language during the 1960s
and 1970s. Many of the major programs that required repair or replacement due to
Year 2000 software rot issues were originally written in COBOL, and this was
responsible for a short-lived demand for programmers fluent in this "dead
language". Even in 2002 though, new COBOL programs are still being written in
some organisations and many old COBOL programs are still running in dinosaur
Major revisions in 1968 (ANS X3.23-1968), 1974 (ANS X3.23-1974) and 1985.
Many hackers regard COBOL with fear and loathing for being an evil, weak,
verbose, and flabby language used by card wallopers to do boring mindless things
on dinosaur mainframes. Many believe that all COBOL programmers are suits or
code grinders, and would deny all knowledge of the language.
Usenet newsgroup: comp.lang.cobol.
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