Undead COBOL celebrates (another) 50th birthday • The Register: "So many other languages have come and gone over the past five decades - including MANTIS, FORTRAN, MUMPS, Forte, and Smalltalk - but COBOL refuses to die. In May, the UK-based business software outfit MicroFocus said the average American relies on COBOL at least 13 times a day while making phone calls, using credit cards, and commuting to work - among other mundane tasks.
Of course, much of this down to inertia. COBOL has long run systems inside banks and network operators, so it continues to run systems inside banks and network operators.
'COBOL can trace its origins to the very start of the computer age, yet its applications continue to deliver to businesses and the public sector every single day,' reads a birthday card from MicroFocus CTO Stuart McGill."
The computer language that refuses to die. I learned COBOL in 1971. It was old then.