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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Future of COBOL

You know I've seen lots of posts over the years talking about the death of COBOL and the future of this language or that language.

I've been thinking, maybe it would make sense to have an open discussion about the future of COBOL and how it has and will evolve in the near future. With that, I've invited a couple of folks who are directly involved in determing this future state to be authors on this blog. One is on the COBOL Standards committee, while the other is one of the key developers within Micro Focus helping to create these future versions.

If you have any specific questions around this area, feel free to post a comment or two. I think a lively discussion would have benefit on both sides of the fence.


P.S.: Can anyone identify where the bit of sculpture I've posted is located? Yes, I know it has nothing to do with COBOL, but I thought it added a nice touch, don't you think? :)


  1. It's a gargoyle at Salisbury Cathedral. It depicts a man in intense pain as he is being bitten on his cheeks by a pair of imps.

  2. Now I am impressed!!!!!

    I took this picture last fall on a trip with my family. What an impressive place. This carving was only one of literally hundreds which cover the church.

  3. I think it may have something to do with COBOL Rick, it reminds me a lot of the way I look when I have to work with COBOL. :) j/k