Rich kids are into COBOL

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Feb 17 13:37:04 CST 2015

On 02/17/2015 10:54 AM, Roe Peterson wrote:

> I wouldn't wish a COBOL career on my worst enemy.  What a god-awful mess.

Try *maintaining* the COBOL compiler for a couple of years.  Mostly, you 
sit with a pile of PSRs (program status/trouble reports) and the CODASYL 
report, quoting chapter and verse to the submitter.  Writing programs in 
the stuff was actually fun after that...

...and then try maintaining a custom version of COBOL where you had 
chains of communicating COBOL modules spread out over several 
machines--and where a module could manipulate the data of another that 
wasn't even resident in *any* machine's memory...

Good times--I've tried to forget about them.   I really have.


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