Posted by: SJC
Application Programming, Cobol, Development, Procedural Code
It’s been quite a while since I’ve needed to delve into the intricacies of procedural code to the extent that I’ve been into it over this last few weeks. Not just one new project, but two new projects acquired within a 3 week time-span has put me right into the middle of thousands of lines of procedural code, methods of programming I haven’t used since the pre-Y2K crunch, countless goto’s and code markers.
Out of the sometimes chaos of these last weeks, I have come to realize once again that producing a modern day application is not our father’s skill-set. Development has come a long way toward RAD (Rapid Application Development), though there is often evidence to the contrary. Just have one piece of code fail and see how rapid(ly) development comes to a screeching stop!
In the midst of my intensity with these projects a recent Computerworld article entitled “Old School Programming techniques you probably don’t miss” caught my eye, and I enjoyed my trip down memory lane as I read the article, and yes, those which I participated with in past years I DO NOT MISS :-) COBOL was my first language, and I remember spending hours on calculating data locations according to the imaginary grid of characters available to display on screen, and the amazing time it took to position data to print on the pre-printed forms used by the program. Those weren’t the good old days!