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Trim Functions in COBOL [migrated]

A coworker, from a past programming life, called me up last week and asked about Trim Functions in COBOL. I sent her these PEFORMed "functions", which I've had lying about and without any professional ...
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Cobol programs and copybooks versioning

in java we have ivy, maven and others for handling library dependencies. For example I tell ivy that my program uses a framework-jar version 1.0 and ivy makes sure, that my program gets this jar when ...
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Best solution for a large database transaction

I have a COBOL CICS process running on a mainframe legacy system. The process does over 2K DMLs in a highly concurrent DB environment. After each CRUD operation, the result is used to make further ...
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COBOL & Mainframe & Business [closed]

I have made a search on a Hong Kong job seeking website. There numerous of jobs titled "Computer Analyst". These are the requirements of the job: Over 3 year experience relevant working experience in ...
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Feasibility of continuous delivery with a mixture of development platforms

What are the major obstacles (and potential solutions, if known) for implementing "continuous delivery" software development when an application relies on varied programming languages or modules... ...
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Having 2 Initialize Paragraphs in 1 COBOL program

I am designing a COBOL program that does 2 things. 1 reads specific rows from a table, and inserts a new row based on the original. 2 reads different rows from the same table, and updates those rows. ...
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COBOL program or JCL?

I have to perform 3 tasks: an insert, a delete, and a write I'm not sure what the best way to do this is. My mainframe program design skills aren't too tight, so I was looking for advice. Could I ...
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What's new in PL/I, DB2, and S/390 assembler?

I have an upcoming technical interview with a former employer that will focus on PL/I, DB2, and ISPF. The job will be with systems that I architected and wrote myself 20 years ago. The few years of ...
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What are the three main technologies for a redesign of a COBOL legacy system

There exists an application that reports financial data of a bank to a national bank (all located in Europe). It is a legacy system that is written mainly in COBOL. Only the user interface is written ...
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Worth it to Learn an Archaic Language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is COBOL still worth learning? One of my better college professors often talked about the advantages of learning an archaic language (COBOL or SAP ABAP for example) in ...
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Java vs COBOL programming examples [closed]

I am a COBOL programmer, desperately trying to learn and program Java. Although I understand the OO priciples and concepts, I am at a lost putting all together. I am trying to find some examples on ...
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Are 70% of programs/business applications/something based in COBOL?

I heard this number and a quick google search reveals a whole lot of touting this number and absolutely zero data (honestly most articles promoting COBOL read like 95% propoganda). Perhaps it's true ...
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Is COBOL lucrative? [closed]

I once had this crazy idea that I might learn COBOL. COBOL developers are getting older and retiring, but there's still a lot of legacy code hanging around that needs maintaining. People have told me ...
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Why the scorn for COBOL? [closed]

When people mention COBOL, it's usually either met with a snort or groan. I don't know much about COBOL, but I've seen some programs written in it. I can see that it's wordy, and to uninitiated eyes ...
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Rewriting IBM assembler + COBOL in C++

I work as a rental agent / manager for a car rental company that is running on a rental system that was written in 1972. I decided that maybe it was time for an update. For a bit of background, here ...
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Other than for legacy software, are there reasons for using COBOL?

COBOL is still (heavily?) used for financial computing. It is an old language, and AFAIK most programmers hate, or at least dislike, COBOL. This brings a question: is the only reason COBOL is still ...
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Developer productivity Cobol versus C#

We are doing a cost benefit analysis on a migration project. It would be nice to be able to say that future changes will be x percent cheaper due to the migration. Does anyone have any experience or ...
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Over a million COBOL programmers in the world? [closed]

I think I heard on a previous StackOverflow podcast that COBOL was used as the programming language for traffic lights (or something like that), so this got me interested. I did a quick Google search ...
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Why is Visual Basic easier to learn than Java for COBOL developers? [closed]

A friend of mine came from a VMS/COBOL background and we gave her some VB6 to do - she absolutely ran with it. Next we ran her through some Java stuff and it didn't click at all. What's similar ...
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Why are some saying that Java will be the new COBOL?

I heard the news about Java and the JCP/Apache. What I don't understand is, why does this have to affect the Java market ? Sure, the license has changed and maybe it's moving to a be a bit more ...