I certainly still use COBOL. I needed to write a bunch of data transforms a while back and COBOL was my choice. The transforms were essentially a variety of record formats with a lot of packed and other data types that had to be turned into text fields. MOVE CORRESPONDING made it a pure breeze and drastically reduced my coding and debugging time. The work was in choosing the appropriate PICTURE clauses on the output side. Although I did miss the RPG prototyping for the next steps -- iconv() conversions -- it was no big deal once the first one was done. From the first one, it was almost clone the next and change a few variable names. COBOL plays well enough in ILE, though it took some research to get comfortable with run-units. The in-line PERFORM structure as well as all of the scoped clauses on I/O statements, etc., make for some very pleasing looking code. Besides, try doing WRITE AFTER ROLLING in RPG. cobol400-l-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: > 2. Re: Rats! I opened it ( was RE: test-please do not open ) > (geir.kildal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) > >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.. -- 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
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