[vcf-midatlantic] COBOL wise-guy

David Gesswein djg at pdp8online.com
Tue Apr 14 20:32:30 EDT 2020

Recently received some DECtape images that have PDP-8 COBOL compiler
and COBOL source files. Helps if you read German.


On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 02:59:50PM -0400, Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 1:56 PM Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > Bill Degnan posted
> > Q.  State the four divisions of a COBOL program
> >
> > A: earth air fire water: the 4 elements that make everything :-)
> >
> Close.
> A.  (if you look at the code you see the "bugs" ( * ) asterisk characters
> that have these sections like headers sort of.  Anyway, here is what I have:
> Identification Division:  to identify the program, author, and state
> remarks.
> Environment Division:  identifies within the configuration section the type
> of comuter used within the input-output section;  the files which are
> accessed.
> Data Division:  identifies the record layouts of the files and any other
> data elements used within the program.
> Procedure Division:  Contains the logic of the program.
> Bill
> P.S.  This is a vintage computer club.  I would think there is at least one
> COBOL guru here?  I barely know anything other than running jobs TSO/JCL.
> By the time I worked at DuPont, the only professional COBOL environment I
> worked and everything was in production, we used to make changes to
> existing code.

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