COBOL wants to find out just how popular it is

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  • perceptronCobol

    A perceptron written in COBOL

    I used to work in a bank with people that came from mainframes. They use to talk about Cobol and how it was a well paid job, cause of the lack of programmers.

    As a way of learning the language I end up writing a perceptron in it [1]. It was a fun exercise.

    1 - https://github.com/victorqribeiro/perceptronCobol

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  • sm64

    A Super Mario 64 decompilation, brought to you by a bunch of clever folks.

    It sounds like, rather than a ground-up rewrite, COBOL should be treated as an object-code language, and "hand-decompiled" (ala efforts like https://github.com/n64decomp/sm64) into an HLL that can, at every point, be losslessly transpiled back into the original COBOL.

    I know the tooling for doing that doesn't currently exist... but paying someone to develop it would be cheaper than any one of these ground-up rewrite projects!

  • cob-webber

    Shelob of Cirith Ungol

    I ported gnucobol to webasm to inflict pain on future generations of programmers.

    https://github.com/wmealing/cob-webber

    Ncurses with vt100 emulation kinda works. But it's timing is garbage and text input is funny.

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