Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

Working Daze

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  1. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, almost 2 years ago

    I wouldn’t even ask “Why?”. COBOL 65 and FORTRAN IV were where I started out in programming.

  2. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @KenTheCoffinDweller

    I started learning FORTRAN but just before I went nuts a guy in the computer center told me about RatFor. Now I can’t blame FORTRAN.

  3. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Why not Ada? It’s named after a woman.

  4. Pharmakeus Ubik

    Pharmakeus Ubik GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @KenTheCoffinDweller

    Roll out the card punch!

  5. ToborRedrum

    ToborRedrum said, almost 2 years ago

    Been there, done that. COBOL will still be around when the sun is a burned-out lump of carbon.

  6. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 2 years ago

    wasn’t cobol used to submarine torpedo guidance and the moon landings? the sad thing is that some universities have it as a requirement to get a diploma in computer science.

  7. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, almost 2 years ago

    Aren’t they the Model T Ford of programming?
    Or would they be horse and buggy? Roman chariot?

  8. StoicLion

    StoicLion said, almost 2 years ago

    I would have thought Rita’s reason would have to do with the business and finance roots of COBOL. As for her stated reasons, hooray for the sideways reference to RADM Grace Hopper, the mother of Navy computing! She is on par with ADM Rickover on her influence to today’s Navy!

  9. sbwertz

    sbwertz said, almost 2 years ago

    My husband was on the team that wrote the first ANSI standard COBOL compiler back in the 60s.

  10. johnzakour

    johnzakour GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @sbwertz

    Okay that is cool. Did he know Grace? I saw her talk a couple of times. She called me “son” once.

  11. contralto2b

    contralto2b said, almost 2 years ago

    Hey, anyone here ever program in EBCDIC (I think) for the IBM Mini computers? That was about 30 years ago. They used to use the minis in submarines.

  12. Digital Frog

    Digital Frog GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    If they don’t do it, she’ll give them WATFOR!

  13. PoodleGroomer

    PoodleGroomer said, almost 2 years ago

    COBOL is a little behind on its standard libraries. I don’t think anyone has standardized calls to JAVA or .NET.

  14. Burnside217

    Burnside217 said, almost 2 years ago

    But COBAL is so good for writing desktop widgets…

  15. Burnside217

    Burnside217 said, almost 2 years ago

    To quote Edsger Dijkstra: “The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.” I did enjoy the language, way back when.

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