I think it's a little of both. The tools for COBOL have been around for many years, so there's virtually no bugs remaining and there's almost nothing someone hasn't tried yet in terms of solving a programming problem. And it's also true that COBOL is in its waning years. The more systems move to Internet based technologies, and the more legacy back-end systems are gradually replaced, the more COBOL disappears. There are some nice things about working with COBOL on an iSeries. Well-written code is practically self-documenting. But there are also some limitations compared to RPG. For example, you can't protoype in COBOL, which makes Java integration more difficult, and COBOL doesn't handle null termination as easily, which makes use of the Unix APIs (for IFS work) slightly more complex. However, the change in my own life is a shift away from iSeries languages altogether. I program in the areas of Human Resources, Financials, and Credit. In these areas, we are moving more and more to Internet based solutions, both with our business partners and with our own ERP solutions. I'm not shifting from COBOL to RPG; I'm shifting from COBOL to PeopleCode, XHTML, CSS, and Java. My 2 cents. Thanks, Kelly -----Original Message----- From: cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of geir.kildal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 2:36 AM To: COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400 Subject: Re: [COBOL400-L] Rats! I opened it ( was RE: test-please do not open ) Well, either we are too clever, or we are a dying breed? What if some of you could write someting about COBOL's future to this list. What happends to COBOL? (ILE, OO, etc, etc...) Is it at all interesting working with COBOL today? Or is it only us oldtimers mantaining old systems who are using the laguage today? They do not learn it in scools anymore...(it's decades ago.. Mvh. Geir Kildal TietoEnator AS Tlf . . : (+47) 611 73805 Mob. : (+47) 90 10 13 16 eMail: geir.kildal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx qsrvbas@xxxxxxxxxxxx (Tom Liotta) Sent by: cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx 04.03.2005 03:07 Please respond to COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400 <cobol400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To cobol400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx cc Subject [COBOL400-L] Rats! I opened it ( was RE: test-please do not open ) ML: This list is seldom active. In fact, it seems less active than it should be even if a 5% estimate of penetration for COBOL in the AS/400 world is a reasonable guess. One post went by a few days ago; but I wasn't familiar enough with what the poster wanted, so I let it go. The question seemed pretty narrowly focused and best answered by someone who had done the same thing in the past. But that's been it for a while. I'm not sure if that means COBOL programmers have fewer problems than RPG programmers or not. Interesting thought. Tom Liotta cobol400-l-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: > 1. test-please do not open (mahalakshmi s) > >I have subscribed recently. Since I didn't receive any group mails, >just wanted to send a test mail. > >Sorry for the inconvenience, >ML -- Tom Liotta The PowerTech Group, Inc. 19426 68th Avenue South Kent, WA 98032 Phone 253-872-7788 x313 Fax 253-872-7904 http://www.powertech.com __________________________________________________________________ Switch to Netscape Internet Service. As low as $9.95 a month -- Sign up today at http://isp.netscape.com/register Netscape. Just the Net You Need. New! Netscape Toolbar for Internet Explorer Search from anywhere on the Web and block those annoying pop-ups. Download now at http://channels.netscape.com/ns/search/install.jsp _______________________________________________ This is the COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400 (COBOL400-L) mailing list To post a message email: COBOL400-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/cobol400-l or email: COBOL400-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/cobol400-l. _______________________________________________ This is the COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400 (COBOL400-L) mailing list To post a message email: COBOL400-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/cobol400-l or email: COBOL400-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/cobol400-l.
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