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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2003, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Gotta love working on legacy cobol programs

Here's a comment that I just found in a legacy cobol program i'm looking at:

THE PROGRAM STRUCTURE FOR {program name} IS "FLOW DOWN". LOGIC IS EXECUTED BY FLOWING DOWN TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH. "GO TO'S" ARE USED EXTENSIVELY THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM. THERE ARE SEVERAL PERFORM STATEMENTS AS WELL. THIS ASPECT OF {program name} IS NOTED BECAUSE THE LOGIC IS TRICKY TO FOLLOW, ESPECIALLY TO PROGRAMMERS UNFAMILIAR WITH {subsystem} AND PRACTIONERS OF STRUCTURED PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS

The program was written in 1984. Legacy code is like a box of chocolates.....
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2003, 01:57 PM
 
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Do you work at PS?
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Do you work at PS?
I'm not for sure who PS is

I own a computer consulting company and am working on some code at a customer's site. Most legacy programs are little shops of horror each time you open one of them up. It's amazing that corporate america runs on code like this.
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I'm not for sure who PS is

I own a computer consulting company and am working on some code at a customer's site. Most legacy programs are little shops of horror each time you open one of them up. It's amazing that corporate america runs on code like this.
PS is Perot Systems I would assume.

Big shops are bad as well! A car company, I will not mention, needed us to integrate our software with their code.

OMG. I ended up convincing them it would be best if I wrote a proxy engine between their code and ours. I, in no way, wanted the infection to ever reach our code.
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Yeah, Perot Systems. I have a couple of friends that work there and hate the Legacy Cobol programs that they have to work on. I did some work on Cobol back in 99 for Y2K crap at A&M on a 6 month contract, and that was enough for me. Needless to say I no longer have Cobol on my resume . I feel your pain in having to mess with that crap.
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