Now, let’s explore the history of the oldest programming language. The inventor of COBOL actually wants to develop a language that is robust, simple, powerful, dependable and English-like programming Language.
The journey of COBOL begins in the year 1950 when the world senses the need for programming language. In May 1958, U.S. Dept of Defence holds a conference to bring a group of the engineer from different fields to develop high-level programming language. The team of professional is named as CODASYL (Conference On Data Systems Language).
The new language comes into existing in 1959 and was released in 1960 as COBOL. The major milestone in the history of COBOL is 1968 when American National Standards (ANSI) approved for commercial use.
The major milestone in the history of COBOL is 1968 when American National Standards (ANSI) approved for commercial use. Since 1968 COBOL is evolving with tons of new feature such as object-oriented programming, XML, JSON data support.
COBOL become powerful and versatile with every new release. But it has always kept the old syntax unchanged. So, you are not required to upgrade yourself, learn once and use forever. Following is a pictorial representation of History of COBOL.