Dyspeptic archaeologists [was RE: Xerox Alto on ebay (not mine!)]
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Mon Oct 18 22:31:24 CDT 2010
On 18 Oct 2010 at 18:01, Al Kossow wrote:
> The reason for saving RPG and COBOL isn't to look for clever things,
> it is to preserve how day to day business was performed using the
> computing equipment of the time. This is the same reason to preserve
> system design and procedure manuals for end-user applications.
...although there are some very clever concepts in both, but lots in
COBOL in particular. I know of at least one multi-computer
distributed real-time inventory system written in COBOL (with
considerable help from operating system facilities. Many hundreds
of thousands of lines of code.
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