Rich kids are into COBOL

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Tue Feb 17 13:02:31 CST 2015

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 1:54 PM, Roe Peterson <roeapeterson at> wrote:
> I wouldn't wish a COBOL career on my worst enemy.  What a god-awful mess.

I concur.  In 1978 or so, when I was new to BASIC (and still in Jr
High), my mother got me a book on COBOL
( in the
hopes, I think, of inspiring me on a career path.  I'd written a few
dozen working programs in BASIC and typed in many more at that point.
What I read horrified me.  How could anything be that mind-crushingly
verbose?  Pages and pages of form and very little function.
Fortunately for me, long before college, I fell into paying work in
microcomputers, then as I started college, minicomputers.  I did take
a FORTRAN course my first quarter at University (my one and only!) and
I did learn FORTRAN before C, but I don't think I was irreparably
damaged by my early efforts.


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