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   RE: [xml-dev] XML moves COBOL into the .NET and J2EE arenas

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Yes, it is continuing.  I've seen numbers of 1 - 4 Million programmers,
200-500 Billion lines of code ,etc etc, but the interesting numbers
are in the 'new', as in not modified but created, COBOL along the lines of 
5 - 15 Billion lines / year.
Even with code generators, that is sizeable 'new' effort.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken North [mailto:kennorth@sbcglobal.net] 
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 3:41 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] XML moves COBOL into the .NET and J2EE arenas

<< there is more than a sizable investment in COBOL prior to recent years.

My point was not that the investment in COBOL is a recent phenomenon, but
it's continuing -- COBOL didn't die in the 80s. There are about 2 million
programmers versus 3 million Java and 300,000 Perl.

The reason why we still have 200 billion lines of COBOL running today is
standardization and portability. Before the UCSD p-system,  ANSI C, and the
VM, COBOL was a favored solution for writing code for multiple platforms.

<< watching where COBOL goes is actually a proxy for listening to the

It's also an indicator that organizations will commit (long term) to
vendor-neutral technologies based on standards.

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