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> Some people chose COBOL but more often it was simply a mandate.
I spent six months enhancing the schema compiler for a database product,
which was about 25K lines of COBOL. Never again! (For that matter, never
again do I want the job of trying to explain to a technically illiterate
project manager why a programming language that's perfectly good at one job
might not be the best choice for something completely different).
People said they could tell I wasn't a real COBOL programmer because I wrote
COMPUTE X = 0.
MOVE 0 TO X.