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You’re Speaking my (Coding) Language

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Software engineers, celebrate! The groundbreaking coding language COBOL is marking its 60th anniversary.

The credit goes to Mary Hawes, who in 1959 saw the need for programmers to have a uniform language resembling English, across hardware manufacturers. The Pentagon agreed and formed a diverse team to develop it.

COBOL served business and government for decades, and still does. According to consulting firm COBOL Cowboys, today there are still 200 billion active lines of COBOL code, including in 90% of Fortune 500 business systems.

If you’d like to wish COBOL a happy birthday, this programmer shows you how.

– Melissa Mathews, The Engineering 100

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