Daily Archives: November 23, 2017

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GnuCOBOL on Windows – from Compilation to HelloWorld

COBOL is an old language from 1959, partly based on programming language work by Grace Hopper, with a strong focus on business applications. There are still many COBOL programs running around the globe, mostly in banking, insurance, and governments. Although frequently criticized as a sloppy designed, non-computer-scientific, and a badly structured language in general, COBOL still dominates in many fields that affect our daily lives. For example, when you interact with your bank account there’s almost always some piece of COBOL code quietly working along. When you deal with any kind of “bureaucracy” there’s almost always some complex COBOL-based batch-process that […]