COBOL is alive and well in Oracle Shops
COBOL, the Common Business Oriented Language,
remains alive and well, decades after predictions of its demise.
This article reports on the popularity of COBOL in large
“In a Computerworld survey early this year
of IT managers at 352 companies, 62% of the respondents reported
that they actively use Cobol. Of those, three quarters said they
use it “a lot” and 58% said they’re using it to develop new
For those of you who are not familiar with
COBOL, it’s a programming language that you can use with Oracle and
the Oracle Pro*COBOL compiler remains widely-used today. One
distinct advantage of COBOL over low-level languages such as C and
Java is that it’s actually
easy to read:
MOVE SPACES TO PLACES.
ADD GIN TO VERMOUTH GIVING MARTINI.
“Forrester Research Inc., says companies
that are having trouble finding experienced Cobol programmers
should hire programmers with other skills — especially business
skills and applications knowledge — and train them in Cobol
COBOL is also object-oriented, supporting
encapsulation and inheritance. This article notes that COBOL
remains popular in the world of business applications.
As we enter the
second the of mainframe computing (characterized by large
Linux mainframe-sized servers), we see that the olden-days of
MVS mainframes are not going away anytime soon:
“Indeed, Cobol promises to be around for
many more years, challenging the IT managers who must support
it. “A lot of people have said they were going to get rid of the
mainframe, but that hasn’t happened,” says Mark Washik, a
consultant at Schneider Electric SA in Palatine, Ill. “And for
us, all that code is working. There’s no sense in rewriting
Of course, in 50 years the next generation of
programmers will make fun of those old codgers who program in Java
struts . . .
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