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transputers again was: The dissolution of Commodore 2941


Are you referring to indexing as opposed to subscripting? Not that it matters much - both were available in COBOL '68. There was no reason not to be using either by 1981 - I can't think of a compiler that wouldn't have supported them by then.

touring the NTS was: security was: the net again: transputers again was: Commodore
My meetings at Stanford ended. This is long, has some relevant ramble, and I am tired of...

Certainly string operations in COBOL were weak - at least until COBOL '74. I know these things take time, but IIRC COBOL '74 compilers were making it out into the field by the time of the story.

But that's not relevant. If it's just a matter of moving a selected variable depending on the value of a numeric field, that's something that COBOL could do for aeons.

Certainly. But there were ways around it. And the job of a compiler is to hide all of this stuff. COBOL '74's STRING and UNSTRING operators were conveniences - nice ones, to be sure - but not absolute necessities if you needed to get the job done. I once wrote a program in COBOL '68 that analyzed data streams (including escape sequences) coming back from a terminal, breaking it down byte by byte like any good buttembly-language program would.

It sounds to me that a more relevant question is when he decided to stop learning.

got my hands on a program I hadn't seen before, it was standard for me to reduce its statement count by 30%. if the original programmer was particularly bad, I could cut its size by 50%. And, of course, readability and maintainability would go way up.

There are a lot of really bad programmers out there.

To an extent, COBOL's architecture encourages such silliness. Or at least makes it much too easy to do. But as with any other language, with a bit of discipline you can write much more readable code.

When I parted ways with the CS community, I realized that not only do a lot of people feel that way, they're proud ot it. It was time to leave them behind.

Well, indirectly, perhaps. What I saw was people who regarded a programming job as nothing more than a stepping-stone to management. Interestingly enough, the worst programmers made the worst PHBs. And heaven help you if they found out you cleaned up the horrible code that they wrote way back when.

transputers again was: The dissolution of Commodore 2942
As long as you limit yourself to software and-or hardware that can be set...
security was: the net again: transputers again was: Commodore 2943
Various portions of the Federal govt. are considering reclbuttifying certain documents. The DOE are among the leaders of this movement. They and the...

Not intentionally, perhaps. (Does going backrupt consbreastute getting out of the development business?)

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I scored terribly on SAT English (400s). But I got asked to edit a journal as a technical editor. Publishing companies hire MAs and PhDs in English as editors (production, copy, etc...

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