Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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Darn!
by fretinator on Thu 21st Jun 2012 13:55 UTC
fretinator
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2005-07-06

I was hoping to read another COBOL article...

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RE: Darn!
by Andre on Thu 21st Jun 2012 14:07 in reply to "Darn!"
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2005-07-06

I am wondering if I should learn COBOL... but when I look at some code examples... I get discouraged again.

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RE[2]: Darn!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 21st Jun 2012 14:20 in reply to "RE: Darn!"
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2006-07-14

If you are working with other people who work with COBOL, it helps to have a working knowledge. I feel like every language has its own good features and bad that give me a broader idea of what's possible in a language. My university mostly taught Ada, and as a result many CS students were completely ignorant of very common features in other more common languages and their use of those languages suffered as a result.

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RE[2]: Darn!
by Soulbender on Thu 21st Jun 2012 14:38 in reply to "RE: Darn!"
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2005-08-18

I am wondering if I should learn COBOL


Only if you're suicidal.

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RE: Darn!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 21st Jun 2012 14:08 in reply to "Darn!"
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2006-07-14

COBOL is a zombie language. It will never be completely killed. It will always rise up out of the mainframe to eat the brains of recent CS grads.

Even as someone who writes a good number of web plumbing, I run into it every now and then. Some people I talk to just *assume* I'm also writing my system in COBOL.

A truly endangered language would be something like SNOBOL or PL/1.

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RE[2]: Darn!
by fretinator on Thu 21st Jun 2012 14:18 in reply to "RE: Darn!"
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2005-07-06

Yes! I took PL/1 in school in the 70's (Yes I AM old). It was supposed to be the one language to rule them all. COBOL was better at character data, Fortan for numeric. PL/1 was good at both - WOOT! PL/1 was strange in that there were no reserved words. You could have a variable name that matches a control word, and the compiler would "know" the difference by context(although doing so was discouraged)!

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RE[2]: Darn!
by Soulbender on Thu 21st Jun 2012 14:42 in reply to "RE: Darn!"
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2005-08-18
RE[2]: Darn!
by zima on Thu 21st Jun 2012 17:59 in reply to "RE: Darn!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

COBOL is a zombie language. It will never be completely killed. It will always rise up out of the mainframe to eat the brains of recent CS grads.

So... where is its head?

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