Keith C. Perry on 26 Sep 2018 09:57:05 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] COBOL again

Not so random JP...  I brought up Walt's point about 2 million **new** lines of COBOL code a year at a conference I gave a talk at last week.

There were some former COBOL folks in the room that smiled.

I also used your "pets and cattle" analogy elsewhere in cloud conversations- that one was very well received :D

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From: "JP Vossen" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 5:09:52 PM
Subject: [PLUG] COBOL again

We've talked about this a few times, especially after one of Walt's 
COBOL talks:

I just started wondering about this though, just because the language is 
Cobol doesn't mean modern techniques can't be used.  Can you do this 
remote?  Is the code in Git?  Can there be unit tests, CI, and all of 
that good stuff?  COBOL linters?


What Cobol is even used?  The Mint repos have "Open COBOL" but that 
"translates COBOL into C and compiles the translated code using GCC" 
which feels like cheating.  Presumably production is IBM COBOL or 
related, so I wonder how close the two are.  I'm gonna go out on a limb 
and say that a Linux test/dev system would be a tad cheaper than a 

Huh, it doesn't seem like there are a lot of options:

There are lots of books on Amazon (including, seriously, _COBOL for 
Dummies_) but many seem out of print or insanely expensive (or both).

Has anyone done this or checked the job boards for COBOL?

Just random musings...
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