Would you program for .NET using Cobol?

October 30th, 2002 § 2 comments

It may be old news, but somebody implemented .NET’s iBuySpy sample application in Cobol. I doubt any new company considering .NET would use Cobol for a new application, even if they had used Cobol before.

§ 2 Responses to Would you program for .NET using Cobol?"

  • BICHARA says:

    The problem is that unfortunately everything is a question of been with the majority.
    I do think COBOL is still the most easy programming language to maintain.
    I am I reckon an old programmer but who has developped a lot with many languages and do think COBOL is still by far the easiest to read back, and to maintain.
    .NET COBOL further implements very strictly the necessity to predefine every reference you use, and doesn’t permit you to create objects implicitly, instances are clearly created and no confusion about object scope is possible.
    I hope it will be adopted more than for just converting legacy code.

  • Ronaldo says:

    Well, I never used COBOL before and I doubt I will ever use, so I can’t speak about its power or flexibility. I will take your word for it. :-)

    Anyway, I think you are right about one thing: people will side with the majority, regardless of what it is, even if it’s the worst options. See C++, Java and VB, for instance. There are many other languages that are much more powerful and productive, but people will use them just because they are more marketable.

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