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COBOL on PC - Does it make sense to develop COBOL apps for PC? - COBOL Language Forum

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Subject: COBOL on PC


Hi all
I want to develop COBOL programs but do not have a
mainframe so I have to develop on my PC .

My question is : Does it make sense to develop
COBOL apps for PC ?

Is there a market for this or the COBOL
market is around mainframes mainly ?



Tim Bonham


The market is for applications that do useful things for people.

Buyers seldom care what language an application is written -- they usually don't even know. As long as it works on their PC and does what they want, they like it.

In that way, COBOL may be a useful development language. There are COBOL compilers available that work for all 3 major environments (Windows, Mac, Linux), so it should be possible to develop something once and then have it work on all 3 environments with minimal changes.



When developing an application there are two things to be considered:

Do you have to integrate the software into the software landscape of your customer? If so you are obliged to use the tools and languages of your customer.

b) If given the freedom of choice for the development tools and languages, pick out the one most suitable for constructing correct (1.) and ergonomic (2.) software.





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