Re: [hackers-il] "COBOL - the New Age Programming Language"
- On Sunday 01 August 2010 11:45:26 Arik Baratz wrote:
> On 1 August 2010 05:18, Shlomi Fish <shlomif@...> wrote:I see.
> > Hi all,
> > I've finished setting up a new page in my site:
> > http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/bits/COBOL-the-New-Age-Programming-Langu
> > age/
> Hi Shlomi
> There's a 4th gen language called CSP that used COBOL as its back end
> (you'd generate COBOL from CSP and then compile). Where I worked they
> wrote in PL/1 when they needed low level access, not actual COBOL.
>Well, it's just a parody page (notice the URL and the breadcrumbs trail, etc.)
> I don't really understand the point of the page, it's not like you'd find
> people disagreeing with you or people you need to convince. The call to
> action at the end of the page is really redundant if all you want to do is
> make a look-at-how-stupid-people-used-to-be page, which for the most part
> it is.
and in part I also wanted to parody the hypey pages of modern programming
languages. For example, http://www.python.org/ had a photo of a NASA Astronaut
saying "NASA uses Python", so I parodied it as "NASA uses COBOL" (which is
>I did not try to convince people to ditch COBOL, just to have some fun at its
> My opinion is that the fact that many people used it gives it some merit.
> Perhaps it was the best they had or perhaps aliens in a parallel dimension
> used their brain rays to make everyone think that COBOL is a great idea
> (and the aliens switched to C++ after). But considering today's
> alternatives, if you haven't figured out that COBOL is not the right
> language for your new project, no amount of words is going to convince you
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