Public Domain COBOL Package (Dave Hetherington)
Thu, 20 Aug 1992 13:07:00 GMT

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From: (Dave Hetherington)
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1992 13:07:00 GMT
Keywords: Cobol, question, comment

I don't expect too many responses to this post since it involves COBOL ;-)
but any replies would be appreciated. A couple of friends of mine who work
with business applications expressed an interest in learning COBOL. I
found a public domain version "COBOL650.ZIP" on UUNET. The compiler seems
to work and looks as if it generates p-code. I believe the interpreter is
in the included library "COBOL650.LIB". The linker for this package is
missing. Just for grins I tried the Turbo-C linker with the expected
failure results. The author of this package claims to be dying of AIDS.

            1) Can someone send me the linker for this package or maybe the
                  complete package? The author claims the source has been posted
                  to the "AV-SYNC BBS" in Atlanta, Georgia. I noticed in the FAQ
                  for this group that a COBOL grammar has been sought after. Maybe
                  one is included in this package???

            2) Has anyone used this package or a previous version? Is it reliable
                  and really ANSI compliant?

I will post a summary of responses if I receive any interesting replies.

Dave Hetherington
[I've seen this most unusual package, including the note about the author's
illness, but I haven't tried it out, not being much of a Cobol user. There
is no grammar file, though. -John]

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