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Author Topic: Cobol programmers required  (Read 1354 times)

vic0239

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Re: Cobol programmers required
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2020, 04:45:00 PM »

 :) A S0C7 was easy to debug, a S0C4 was another matter entirely! :o
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Re: Cobol programmers required
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2020, 11:02:54 AM »

I loved them all! S0C7, S0C4 were most commonly occurred. Easy to solve when you knew how to locate the offending instruction though! Happy days...
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Re: Cobol programmers required
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2020, 01:35:57 PM »

Suddenly I’m feeling like a real youngster.
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Re: Cobol programmers required
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2020, 12:30:57 PM »

I can't say I've ever written assembler though I do have a more than passing acquaintance with disassembling and debugging it.

Purely for curiosity, nothing at all to do with poking at binary DRMs  ;)
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Re: Cobol programmers required
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2020, 12:56:39 PM »

When I first started out as an applications programmer, the first thing we were taught was IBM Basic Assembler Language (BAL)!  We did that for a couple of weeks and then moved on to be taught how to write COBOL.  The key lesson we took away was that, of course, at the end of the day COBOL is just a high-level language that still has to be turned into Assembler and that, for the majority of folk, COBOL is quicker & easier to write and to understand than BAL!  Hence, depending on compiler options, a COBOL listing (on IBM S/360 etc) would include an equivalent BAL listing of the COBOL source code (handy for debugging).  Do tell me to stop if I’m boring you...  :D
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Re: Cobol programmers required
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2020, 11:36:23 AM »

I think COBOL was the last language I learned in college. I found it to be an interesting language compared to the others I'd done (BASIC and Pascal).
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