Conclusion

3

See share.org

If a year is a long time in technology, then
six decades of service in the IT world is a
phenomenal achievement. COBOL pre-dates
CICS, UNIX, Linux, Windows, Java, the internet,
the personal computer and even the IBM
mainframe.

In every SHARE event3, the “IDE shootout”
plays out in front of packed rooms. Three
or four major mainframe COBOL product
vendors showcase the latest innovations and
tools to defeat the collective enemy, the “old
way of building mainframe applications.” The
exercise symbolizes ongoing investment and
commitment from the vendors and wider
mainframe community in COBOL.

COBOL has endured and evolved because it
was designed for business then, and adapted
to meet its needs now. As phones and cars
metaphorically demonstrate, great ideas can
evolve and adapt. Smart technology does the
same.

Of course, for those who believe in such
things, this was all foretold. Indeed, the COBOL
language has given us a clear clue all along. As
valid syntax might read—

// EVALUATE COBOL-VALUE
// WHEN 60 CONTINUE

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