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NewsForge: Test Drive: theKompany's Version of COBOL Looks Promising

Jun 21, 2002, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)


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"Not long after seeing KOBOL mentioned in an online news story, I was visiting theKompany.com to take a look. That's right, KOBOL. As in Common Business Oriented Language. Echos of Amazing Grace, punched cards, and Gene Amdahl. It was strange to see a classical batch offering from the master of object-oriented rock 'n' roll, Shawn Gordon.

"Speaking of classical batch, batch processing is about all you can do with KOBOL. Because other than displaying messages at the console, there isn't much interactivity available. At least not yet. But murmurings on the KOBOL mailing list indicate there may be a GUI in KOBOL's future.

"KOBOL is pretty bare-bones in its current form, but the price is low. Microfocus, long the acknowledged king of COBOL for personal computing, goes for about five large. It cost me $39.95 for the download version of KOBOL. You can download a free evaluation copy of KOBOL from this page, and the current version is 1.0.2..."

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