COBOL Comeback: What You Need to Know About This Old Language

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COBOL Comeback: What You Need to Know About This Old Language
Dice Insights
September 17, 2020

COBOL (“Common Business-Oriented Language”) has been around for more than 60 years, but it has recently been in demand due to some government agency needs. In the most prominent example, software programmers are using COBOL in state government systems to handle jobless benefits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Most of those systems, particularly state-run systems, are written in COBOL, and they’re dependent on that type of skill set to maintain, support and in many ways modernize those systems,” said Ed Airey, product director for COBOL solutions at Micro Focus. 

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