COBOL is an actively used programming language created in 1959. COBOL (, an acronym for common business-oriented language) is a compiled English-like computer programming language designed for business use. It is imperative, procedural and, since 2002, object-oriented. COBOL is primarily used in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments. Read more on Wikipedia...

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Example code from the Hello World Collection:

       * Hello World in COBOL

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IDENTIFICATION DIVISION.
PROGRAM-ID. HELLO.
ENVIRONMENT DIVISION.
DATA DIVISION.
PROCEDURE DIVISION.
MAIN SECTION.
DISPLAY "Hello World!"
STOP RUN.
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Example code from Linguist:

        program-id. hello.
        procedure division.
        display "Hello, World!".
        stop run.

Example code from Wikipedia:

19.52.48 JOB    3  $HASP100 COBUCLG  ON READER1     COBOL BASE TEST
    19.52.48 JOB    3  IEF677I WARNING MESSAGE(S) FOR JOB COBUCLG  ISSUED
    19.52.48 JOB    3  $HASP373 COBUCLG  STARTED - INIT  1 - CLASS A - SYS BSP1
    19.52.48 JOB    3  IEC130I SYSPUNCH DD STATEMENT MISSING
    19.52.48 JOB    3  IEC130I SYSLIB   DD STATEMENT MISSING
    19.52.48 JOB    3  IEC130I SYSPUNCH DD STATEMENT MISSING
    19.52.48 JOB    3  IEFACTRT - Stepname  Procstep  Program   Retcode
    19.52.48 JOB    3  COBUCLG    BASETEST  COB       IKFCBL00  RC= 0000
    19.52.48 JOB    3  COBUCLG    BASETEST  LKED      IEWL      RC= 0000
    19.52.48 JOB    3  +HELLO, WORLD
    19.52.48 JOB    3  COBUCLG    BASETEST  GO        PGM=*.DD  RC= 0000
    19.52.48 JOB    3  $HASP395 COBUCLG  ENDED

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