Rich kids are into COBOL

Dave G4UGM dave.g4ugm at
Fri Feb 27 17:19:13 CST 2015

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Eric Smith
> Sent: 27 February 2015 19:53
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> Subject: Re: Rich kids are into COBOL
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
> > It seems to me to be very strange that today we're coding in a
> > language that was developed for a PDP-11 minicomputer.
> Developed for the PDP-7, actually.  Contrary to popular belief, the "++" and
> "--" operators were NOT the result of the PDP-11 addressing modes.

Its history is deeper than that. Its part of a family of bracketed languages that started with BCPL which became "B" and then "C".  BCPL was written for the IBM7090.


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