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COmmon Business Oriented Language. 1960. CODASYL Committee, Apr 1960. Simple computations on large amounts of data. The most widely used programming language today. The natural language style is intended to be largely self-documenting. Introduced the record structure. "Initial Specifications for a Common Business Oriented Language" DoD, US GPO, Apr 1960. Major revisions in 1968 (ANS X3.23-1968), 1974 (ANS X3.23-1974), and 1985. A new ISO standard is expected in 1997
Contributor: Fernando Alvares
Category Programming Languages Category Definitions

COBOL is a third-generation programming language, and one of the oldest programming languages still in active use. Its name is an acronym for COmmon Business-Oriented Language, defining its primary domain in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments.
The COBOL 2002 standard includes support for object-oriented programming and other modern language features.

( Topic last updated: 2006.11.22 02:46:49 PM )