The developer of COBOL, which allowed computers to handle words instead of just numbers, would have been 107 years old on Monday.
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roundup Before Java, mashups, Web 2.0 and other modern spins for developing applications, there was COBOL.
Woman credited with establishing COBOL as the language of business would be pleased to know it still underpins applications.
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Merant has released Cobol programming tools for Red Hat Linux, the company said. Cobol is a decades-old programming language popular among businesses, but Merant wants existing customers to be able to more easily bring programs written in Cobol to newer hardware, the company said. Merant has licensed its software to every company in the Fortune 100, the company said.
Experts who thought the Year 2000 technology problem would pull legions of Cobol programmers out of retirement to fix the bug now say fewer retirees than expected have been hired to handle the millennium glitch.
Cobol programmers--whose skills had been labeled obsolete--are back in force thanks to the year 2000 bug afflicting many large corporations.
The company says it has shipped CA-Fix/2000, a tool for updating COBOL-based business applications to recognize the year 2000.
The development tool maker has released a tool that automates Year 2000 fixes in mainframe computer programs written in Cobol.