Enterprise Applications: 20 Things You Might Not Know About COBOL (as the Language Turns 50)

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-09-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The name COBOL was selected during a meeting of the Short Range Committee, the organization responsible for submitting the first version of the language, on Sept. 18, 1959. This committee, formed by a joint effort of industry, major universities and the U.S. government, was known as CODASYL (Conference on Data Systems Languages). CODASYL completed the specifications for COBOL as 1959 ended. These were approved by the Executive Committee in January 1960 and sent to the government printing office, which edited and printed these specifications as Cobol 60. COBOL was developed within a six-month period, and yet is still in use more than 50 years later.
 
 
 

20 Things You Might Not Know About COBOL (as the Language Turns 50)

by Darryl Taft
20 Things You Might Not Know About COBOL (as the Language Turns 50)
 
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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