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Discuss July Background[ edit ] In the late s, computer users and manufacturers were becoming concerned about the rising cost of programming.
At a time when new programming languages were proliferating at an ever-increasing rate, the same survey suggested that if a common business-oriented language were used, conversion would be far cheaper and faster.
Hawesa computer scientist at Burroughs Corporationcalled a meeting of representatives from academia, computer users, and manufacturers at the University of Pennsylvania to organize a formal meeting on common business languages.
The delegation impressed Charles A. Portable programs would save time, reduce costs and ease modernization. It was attended by 41 people and was chaired by Phillips. They agreed unanimously that more people should be able to program and that the new language should not be restricted by the limitations of contemporary technology.
A majority agreed that the language should make maximal use of English, be capable of change, be machine-independent and be easy to use, even at the expense of power.
The short-range committee was given to September three months to produce specifications for an interim language, which would then be improved upon by the other committees. Work began by investigating data description, statements, existing applications and user experiences.
While some members thought the language had too many compromises and was the result of design by committeeothers felt it was better than the three languages examined.
Some felt the language was too complex; others, too simple. Such features included boolean expressionsformulas and table subscripts indices. They fell short of expectations: Joseph Wegstein noted that "it contains rough spots and requires some additions", and Bob Bemer later described them as a "hodgepodge".
The subcommittee was given until December to improve it. Despite being technically superior, FACT had not been created with portability in mind or through manufacturer and user consensus.
We shortened it and got rid of a lot of unnecessary notation. Sammet of Sylvania Electric Products. The sub-committee did most of the work creating the specification, leaving the short-range committee to review and modify their work before producing the finished specification.
The language's stated objectives were to allow efficient, portable programs to be easily written, to allow users to move to new systems with minimal effort and cost, and to be suitable for inexperienced programmers.
COBOL is an industry language and is not the property of any company or group of companies, or of any organization or group of organizations. Moreover, no responsibility is assumed by any contributor, or by the committee, in connection therewith.
The authors and copyright holders of the copyrighted material used herein are as follows: They have specifically authorized the use of this material, in whole or in part, in the COBOL specifications.
Such authorization extends to the reproduction and use of COBOL specifications in programming manuals or similar publications. A US Navy evaluation found compilation speeds of 3—11 statements per minute.
By mid, they had increased to 11— statements per minute. It was observed that increasing memory would drastically increase speed and that compilation costs varied wildly: This was then replaced by the COBOL Extended specifications inwhich introduced the sort and report writer facilities.The GnuCOBOL FAQ, How To, and COBOL cookbook.
What is GnuCOBOL? ¶ GnuCOBOL is a free COBOL compiler. GnuCOBOL is a GNU software project.
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GnuCOBOL translates COBOL into C and compiles the translated code using the . Oct 02, · Cobol works," Guest Contributor Gary Beach writes.
Mr. Beach looks at the state of Cobol in the business as the Baby Boomer tech workers with Cobol experience get ready to retire.