How many CICS transactions are there per day?
I read lot of articles about COBOL, IBM, mainframes etc. and I have noticed a certain pattern in these: The authors of most of these articles don’t know much about these topics (that’s natural when a topic has become that obscure) so they can only ask someone who knows these topics more – but when […]
Are there 30 billion COBOL transactions per day?
In my last article I have investigated whether there are 30 billion COBOL transactions per day and I have concluded that this claim is baseless. So now I want to discuss how many transactions there actually are per day. Since there aren’t any reliable, recent numbers, I will have to talk about the numbers from […]
COBOL in times of Corona
Many articles claim that there were 30 billion COBOL transactions per day. It is one of two ingredients of the „200 times more COBOL transactions than Google searches“ claim. After I had thoroughly debunked the other ingredient, I was wondering if the 30 billion COBOL transactions had ever been correct in the first place. So […]
Fully Automated + 100% Compatibility vs. Maintainability
At the time of writing, the Coronavirus is raging. These are crazy times for all of us. People are being quarantined – the streets are empty – vital goods such as milk, long-life foods and toilet paper are sold out everywhere. Many businesses struggle to survive because their customers are quarantined. So lets discuss what effect Corona […]
Lecture on the First COBOL Compilers
Many of our competitors promise to deliver a code-translation that is 100% compatible and done within seconds, because of the fully automated translation process. This sounds great and when you demonstrate that, e.g. as Heirloom Computing does here or Ispirer does here it looks impressive to the untrained eye. But why then do all these […]
COBOL Conference with Senior-Citizen Discount
Another finding on YouTube: a lecture at the Computer Museum History Center, given by some of the programmers of the first COBOL Compilers. This lecture was given in 1997 and – even back then – COBOL was already seen as antiquated. This was also around the time when CODASYL (the organisation behind the COBOL-Standard) ceased […]
How readable are COBOL Programs, really?
We’ve googled about Cobol Conferences and the very first result (from 2009) is seriously advertised for with a senior citizen discount. Reality being more absurd than your joke-suggestions in the martketing brainstorming… priceless.
Maybe you think that the COBOL Developer-shortage is not so bad, because you can hire non-COBOL Developers and train them in COBOL. This sounds reasonable, because after all, COBOL is supposed to be so very „readable“. But why, then, do 70% of COBOL programmers utterly hate it? Even I have a hard time making sense […]