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5. COBOL

Why COBOL is not dead... "COBOL is a very bad business programming language - but all the others are so much worse." -- Robert Glass, CACM Vol 40 No. 9

Business programming requires the following four main characteristics:

While COBOL may be ugly, it is often still the "least worst" language that satisfies these characteristics.

Various "4GLs" have come along over the years; they provide fairly powerful environments, but applications must be tied to the environment and not merely the language.

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