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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

The COBOL language is alive and well. There are those who deny this and contend that 'COBOL is Dead.' There are five important factors which contradict that statement. First, industry is finding a resurgence in the importance and use of COBOL. Second, COBOL's environment has switched from mainframe to the distributed level of PCs. Third, academic institutions have also changed to teaching COBOL on the PC level. Fourth, additions and refinements to the COBOL syntax show an evolutionary development is in process. Last, continued improvement in the standards and cooperation between CODASYL, ANSI and ISO help creates a language that is accepted not only in the United States but also internationally. These factors all contribute to the continued use, education and enhancement of the COBOL language.

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