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common business oriented language (COBOL)

The Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) was developed in 1957 as a programming language for commercial applications. Cobol is an internationally standardized, problem-oriented programming language for commercial and administrative computer applications.

In Cobol, the commands to be executed are not written in mathematical form (a = b/x), as in Fortran, but in normal notation "Divide B by X Giving A". The providers of Cobol have constantly improved the development environment and equipped it with new tools. Thus Cobol can be used not only for processing mass data but also for dialog and client-server applications. Furthermore, object-oriented Cobol has extensive class libraries, sophisticated compilers and object broker interfaces.

Over the years, Cobol's independence has led to greater flexibility and user-friendliness.

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Englisch: common business oriented language - COBOL
Updated at: 27.03.2008
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