[Coco] obscure programming languages was Re: books
zmerch-coco at 30below.com
Mon Dec 3 13:56:17 EST 2007
Rumor has it that Mark McDougall may have mentioned these words:
>I was *forced* to study COBOL in my Computer Science degree back in '84.
Yes, COBOL is verbose - but I liked it - I attribute that more than
anything else to the fact that I can now type 110wpm! ;-)
COBOL's "PICT" statements made it a *lot* easier for report printing than
diddling with BASIC's TAB()/POS() functions and using commas & semicolons
in LPRINT statements. Report writing in BASIC *sucked*.
Also, one main thing that no-one's mentioned yet: The reason COBOL survived
as long as it did is because all of it's math functions were done in BCD,
not "normal" floating-point, so there's no rounding snafus WRT the math...
very impotent when it comes to banking.
>BTW did I mention I don't like COBOL? ;)
IMHO, yes, overall... COBOL sucked. It sucked almost as much as almost
everything else out there, tho... ;-) Giving credit where credit was due,
COBOL is/was a very *logical* language. When written right, it was pretty
much self-documenting and very easy to debug.
I borrowed an RPG handbook from a buddy of mine... I gave it back to him
the next day and said: "I love learning new things; but I don't love it
*THAT* much!" :-)
Would I run either on a CoCo? Noper, not even close! I'd rather program in
Nowadays, tho, for report writing I'd much rather use Perl, and for my
general "gotta make it work *now*" programming (including GUI) Python is
"da bomb." Report writing in Python isn't bad either; still much better
Ah well... back to (pfft) work, or at least the appearance of it! ;-)
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
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