Really stupid Q?

Roger Knopf 5502 rogerk at sco.COM
Fri Jan 5 10:00:17 AEST 1990

In article <10821 at attctc.Dallas.TX.US> toma at attctc.Dallas.TX.US (Tom Armistead) writes:
>I have a "requirement" to provide hard facts regarding COBOL performance
>under UNIX.  I am working for a client that is building a Unix system and
>they only have COBOL programmers.  They will not accept my word on the
>fact that C is a better performer and easier to use (in UNIX).  Has anyone

I don't accept that whole, either. While C is undoubtedly faster for almost
all applications, it is not necessarily easier to use, especially if you
have only COBOL programmers on staff. Also, C may be faster but COBOL
is no slouch if it is a good compiler and there are excellent compilers
available for Unix.

>here ever seen any benchmarks between C and COBOL under UNIX or does anyone
>know of PRINTED material that specifically states why COBOL is worse than
>C on unix systems....
>I feel like I'm talking to a tree in trying to convince these people to
>use C for development.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

C is way overblown as an applications development language. In general
it always requires additional software - a file manager and a screen
manager - to write commercial applications. COBOL has both. While I
would not necessarily choose COBOL first, or even over C, the fact
that your client already knows COBOL makes it a good choice.

Roger Knopf
SCO Consulting Services
If caught, my employer will disavow all knowledge of me or my actions....

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