On Friday evening, I was browsing the Twitterverse and saw that I had missed some fun news. On Friday, September 18th, 2009, the COmmon Business Oriented Language (COBOL) turned 50. Though, earlier articles claimed that it’s birth date was back in May (you can decide for yourself which is more accurate).
But, despite it’s ability to hang in there, a MicroFocus survey found that many people don’t know that the activities they perform daily relies on the language — only 23% of respondants knew what the language was!
According to a November 2008 Datamonitor report, 60-80% of the world`s enterprises rely on COBOL to run their business. There are over 200 billion lines of COBOL currently in operation globally across every industry, and the language supports over 30 billion transactions per day. And there are 1.5-2 million developers working with COBOL code, collectively adding around 5 billion new lines of COBOL to live systems annually.
MicroFocus launched an official celebratory Web page in honor of the occasion, and is soliciting videos and stories and helpful tips about the language.