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Re: [PLUG] Cobol: was Topic for North this month

On Thu, 5 Oct 2017 20:24:52 -0400
Walt Mankowski <> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 05, 2017 at 08:07:38PM -0400, Steve Litt wrote:
> > On Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:12:19 -0400
> > Walt Mankowski <> wrote:
> > > We still need a speaker for North on Tuesday.  I haven't done my
> > > COBOL and punch cards talk there yet. Any interest?  
> > I always liked Cobol, except for the fact that every variable was a
> > global variable, which drove me away.
> > Did Cobol ever get local variables inside procedures or whatever
> > their subroutines are called?  
> Yes, but it's a little tricky because Cobol uses different terminology
> than modern languages. Cobol's equivalent of functions or subroutines
> are called "subprograms". Variables declared in the local-storage
> section of the data division are dynamically allocated and initialized
> each time the subprogram is run, much like local variables in
> functions are.
> Walt

ooh, i would love to see slides/docs on any COBOL talk!
i have not used it in over a decade, so if this does go down, please
post somewhere so that any unfortunates (like myself) who cannot
attend, could download, please :)


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