MSX COBOL?

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By Tarnyko

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18-05-2019, 15:02

Hi @Pencioner, @PingPong,

It's the same in Europe : lots of banking processes are still mainframe batches, which happen to be written in COBOL.
It's a pretty vintage language, but good at what it does : headless data processing.

You cannot really treat the wage gap as an offense btw. Given the skill rarity, it's pretty natural that a COBOL develop earns more than, say, a Java developer...

Speaking of which, I happen to be one (COBOL developer). In case you ever need something Wink .

(PS : good to know about Nevada Cobol. On the C64, the best was ABACUS Cobol.
Regardless on the platform, MS compilers were often considered SoTA, so you're better choosing these if they actually exist for the hardware)

By Rogerup

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18-05-2019, 16:03

Programming, as a service, is a product like any other, and its price follows the rule of supply and demand in the market.

By Pencioner

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18-05-2019, 19:49

@Tarnyko Cool, now i know one real COBOL programmer Smile Nice to meet you Smile

By Ritter

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18-05-2019, 23:49

Hi,
Back in the 80's I develop a little "Product price control" for a eletronic repair store using Cobol MSX and sell it.
Sell it to buy MSX games Smile Smile Smile
I will try to find it on my 5 1/4 disks and upload.

By zPasi

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19-05-2019, 19:10

Pencioner wrote:

@Tarnyko Cool, now i know one real COBOL programmer Smile Nice to meet you Smile

Me too. But seems there isn't almost any demand for COBOL programmers in Finland. Or maybe we just have a lot of them in Finland. In any case, almost no-one has offered me any COBOL-related job for years.

BTW, it is not even a difficult language, not really. It just looks strange, cause it isn't similar to any sane language.

I don't remember which one I learned first, Pascal or COBOL. But I remember Pascal was harder to learn. Before those two I knew BASIC and Z80 assembly.

By Tarnyko

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20-05-2019, 04:36

Most of these jobs are related to banking ; I happen to live near a banking micro-state (you can easily guess) and it's just an endless supply of offers. Your taxes -and transparency levels- are probably too high in Finland Wink .

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Pascal or COBOL. But I remember Pascal was harder to learn.

Pascal is indeed more advanced than COBOL ; closely matching C in terms of capabilities. If you can do Pascal, you can do C, and vice versa.

(PS : LOL! for the "sane" language)

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