COBOL Programming Language Turns 50


It's a happy belated birthday wish for the Common Business Oriented Language, otherwise known as the COBOL programming language, which turned 50-years-old on Friday.

One of the oldest programming languages, there are an estimated 200 billion lines of COBOL code in existence today, with hundreds more being added every day. Moreover, some 32 percent of enterprises still use COBOL for development or maintenance, says Mike Gilpin, an analyst at Forrester Research.

Yet despite COBOL's continued prominence, a survey conducted by Micro Focus earlier this year revealed that only 18 percent of those pinged had ever head of COBOL.

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