Contents tagged with COBOL

  • Return of the Programmer

    I bought my first copy of Kernighan & Ritchie in 1985.  At the time I didn't even own a computer.  Yet all the buzz was about using the C programming language if you wanted to build 'real' software that could do all the amazing things the rapidly selling personal computers of the day foretold for our future.  Years earlier I had taken an introductory course in Fortran IV and then moved on to working with COBOL on the IBM System 370.  Fortran had been a sparse language with some odd rules but compared to COBOL it was a dream for someone like me who wished to make the machine bend to my will.  C took that ability to tap into the power of the computer and made it … more