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Started learning some COBOL... Wry COBOL??
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:16am

I've been wanting to sit down and learn some COBOL since I was in college in 2004/2005. I forgot about it for a long time and just the other day decided I wanted to learn again.

Previously I was thrown off by the annoyance of trying to set up an environment that could build and run COBOL programs. (IIRC, most things run on IBM Mainframes and require JCL).

Thankfully now there's newer compilers that are cross platform and I was able to get GnuCOBOL up and running without issues.

I'm still just hammering out some basics but I was able to create a program that loaded some records, processed them and displayed them.

Anyway, long winded post for saying that I'm thinking of making a Wry 1 like game in COBOL just for practice with the language.

I'm going to call it COBOL Wry or something stupid like that. We'll see if that ever goes anywhere. haha.

    • Oh, I can't think of a name right awayPuckdropper, Sat Mar 10 4:03am
      Usually that's pretty easy. Granny Arachnid learns to program!
      • I think I'm going to enjoy this project!Erik_, Tue Mar 13 3:21am
        I started messing around with some stuff tonight. So far I have my COBOL app loading up some parsed records from the original Wry game. No real user interaction as of yet. I'm still thinking about... more
        • Cool. I've only looked briefly at COBOLPuckdropper, Fri Mar 16 4:34am
          so I really don't have any idea how it's designed to operate. ALTHOUGH, WEREN'T LINES done like this?
          • Yeah, traditionally everything is in capsErik, Sat Mar 24 3:31am
            as the stuff was originally written on teletypes to punch cards. A basic program would look something like the following. In non-free format COBOL, the first 6 characters are for line numbers. 7... more
            • Were COBOL programs line limited?Puckdropper, Tue Mar 27 10:16am
              7 characters on a punch card would only be like 128. I thought some COBOL was done as capital letters for OPCodes and lower case for other stuff? Guess that depends on your compiler? 12 years to... more
              • Originally width limited.Erik_, Wed Mar 28 2:52pm
                Original fixed format COBOL had a limited number of characters wide you could go before having to start a new line with a continuation character in space 7. In my COBOL IDE, you can see the red lines ... more
                • One more 486 Web Browsing Comment.Erik_, Wed Mar 28 2:58pm
                  The ad on the top of this forum took FOREVER to load on my 486. Images already load slow but jeeze.
                  • Considering it's about a megabyte in sizePuckdropper, Sat Apr 7 2:36am
                    That's a significant part of the available memory on your box... Even if you max it out, it's still like 32 MB. Technically the 32-bit chipset could handle up to 4 GB, but it was rare to have a... more
                    • I would actually like to upgrade it higher but need to I guess figure out the RAM type I need. It's been so long since I've even tinkered with the hardware on it, I've forgotten so much. I remember... more
                      • IIRC, 72-pin SIMMs were the standardPuckdropper, Thu May 24 7:41am
                        and they were pretty standard. It wasn't until PC100 that things got messy. Some boards wouldn't use a double-sided SIMM, I think that was happening with both 30 and 72-pin SIMMs. Yours might be one... more
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