|JP Vossen on 26 Sep 2018 10:04:24 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] COBOL again|
"Cattle, not pets" wasn't me, I just like it. https://devops.stackexchange.com/questions/653/what-is-the-definition-of-cattle-not-pets On 09/26/2018 12:55 PM, Keith C. Perry wrote:
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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Keith C. Perry, MS E.E. Managing Member, DAO Technologies LLC (O) +1.215.525.4165 x2033 (M) +1.215.432.5167 www.daotechnologies.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "JP Vossen" <email@example.com> To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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: https://developers.slashdot.org/story/18/09/25/1759250/do-you-know-cobol-if-so-there-might-be-a-job-for-you 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? Wow: * https://github.com/tollofsen/linter-cobc * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tools_for_static_code_analysis 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 Z-series... Huh, it doesn't seem like there are a lot of options: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compilers#COBOL_compilers 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?
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