Topic: cobol

SD Times Blog: Learn a new language over the long weekend

Welcome to another long weekend. What better time to learn the very basics of a new language? We’ve got a host of links below to some tutorials, so dive in and learn you some Ruby, Python, COBOL, FORTRAN, Factor, or whatever! Looking for a fun way to learn Ruby? Try Ruby is a great place … continue reading

COBOL comes to Visual Studio 2015

When you think of Microsoft’s IDE, Visual Studio 2015, perhaps you can be forgiven for not immediately thinking of COBOL. Micro Focus is rectifying the dearth of COBOL support in Microsoft’s newest of IDE with today’s release of Visual COBOL for Visual Studio: a software package that brings full support for the ancient language into … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Watch Grace Hopper’s 1986 interview with David Letterman

Rear Admiral Grace “Amazing Grace” Hopper passed away in 1992, but the WWII veteran, pioneering computer scientist and original COBOL programming language developer inspires women in computer science to this day, through the Grace Hopper Conference, Grace Hopper Open Source Day, and even a forthcoming documentary on her life. (Related: Filmmakers crowdfund Grace Hopper documentary) … continue reading

Are mainframes still road worthy?

It’s easy to look around Silicon Valley and determine that the days of the refrigerator-sized mainframe computers are over. Clouds are big, and OpenStack promises a future where everyone can run their own cloud inside their enterprise. But the core business applications of yore are still out there, running on giant machines in basements, making … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Three first impressions of Apple Watch, Yelp and something else

First Impressions of the Apple Watch: Surprised that it’s not called the iWatch. The user interface looks surprisingly cool. Distressed that the Apple Watch needs to be charged every day, but if the docking station is sufficiently easy to use, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. The watches look like real watches, beautiful as well … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Learning COBOL might be a great job move

Once upon a time, back when dinosaurs roamed the planet, I learned COBOL. While I never wrote any deployed applications in the language, I did use it to teach an undergraduate course in computer science for business majors, back in the early 1980s. Those poor students, who submitted their programs on punch cards for an … continue reading

Ahmed Alamer: COBOL’s a young man’s game too

The second-prize winner of a global COBOL coding contest always knew he wanted to be an enterprise software developer … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Hurray for COBOL and the mainframe

It’s still worth it to work with mainframes, as they seem to be living on in cloud environments … continue reading

The Trouble with Gerrold: Dead languages

Unlike the Mayan doomsday, the advance of technology rendering old programs and documents unreadable is a real threat … continue reading

From the Editors: Defining NoSQL to avoid the hype

Enough with the proliferation of the term “NoSQL”! And there is no COBOL crisis looming … continue reading

COBOL developers go gentle into that good night

But pundits say their departure won’t spell doom for enterprises … continue reading

Veryant aims for faster COBOL

vCOBOL focuses on the migration of CPU-intensive COBOL apps to Java … continue reading

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