COBOL: 10 Reasons the Old Language Is Still Kicking

1 - COBOL: 10 Reasons the Old Language Is Still Kicking
2 - COBOL Is Easy
3 - COBOL Runs Everywhere
4 - Here Today, Here Tomorrow
5 - COBOL Gets the Numbers Right
6 - COBOL Supports Popular IDEs
7 - COBOL Systems Process Data Quickly
8 - COBOL Is Self-Documenting
9 - COBOL Is Fast
10 - COBOL Integrates With Everything
11 - COBOL Is Everywhere
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COBOL: 10 Reasons the Old Language Is Still Kicking

by Darryl K. Taft

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Learning COBOL isn't like learning a completely new language: It's English. It consists of English-like structural components such as verbs, clauses and sentences.

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COBOL Runs Everywhere

COBOL has been ported to virtually every hardware platform.

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Here Today, Here Tomorrow

COBOL will work tomorrow as well as it does today: Businesses already using COBOL are likely to continue to use it rather than replace it.

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COBOL Gets the Numbers Right

COBOL's numeric processing functions make it a good choice for applications where the tiniest fractional rounding error can make a crucial difference.

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COBOL Supports Popular IDEs

Developers can use COBOL with their favorite IDE. There's no need to worry about learning a new toolset. You can develop COBOL applications using Visual Studio or Eclipse.

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COBOL Systems Process Data Quickly

COBOL systems use indexed data files that maintain internal B-tree structures, providing rapid access to data even when data stores run into terabytes.

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COBOL Is Self-Documenting

COBOL does not require the same level of commenting as other languages, which helps to make maintaining someone else's COBOL code easier.

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COBOL has more than 50 years of optimizations under its belt, so it has good performance.

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COBOL Integrates With Everything

By combining COBOL skills with systems in use today, you can enhance existing COBOL applications in the Web, mobile and cloud.

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COBOL Is Everywhere

We are surrounded by COBOL: It runs over 70 percent of the world's business transactions. It makes sense to replenish the supply of COBOL programmers by training new ones.