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    >>> so we should convince them in some way modernisation is needed.

    It is that, that is the real problem. The IT industry has a habit of promising a lot and failing to deliver. We know why, (customers don't know what they want, requirements added ad hoc, etc. etc.), but those that are the paying customer, (internal or external), will not accept that it is their fault. To a certain extent, they are right, they would not, within their own disciplines, tolerate the kind of cost/time overruns that routinely go with large IT projects.
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    I have used COBOL for limited time and only a few little things, but its not a hard language, its not a bad language, certain things I made in C were easier to write and faster to run when I ported them to COBOL but, thats because they have different purposes the things they have built it are for two different thing, although people say C is the super language it can do anything, its a lie, I dont want to get into that though. no upgrading from COBOL is a good idea, its a good language.
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    im not saying cobol's a hard language, its just my opinion that upgrading would be worth it, i had to learn it in high school and i felt that it slowed me down because its not as widely used at least not in what i want to do, and theres limits to what it can do, i understand a lot of banks and accounting software is built on it but i just thought it would be better if it was upgraded.
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    i had to learn it in high school and i felt that it slowed me down because its not as widely used at least not in what i want to do, and theres limits to what it can do, i understand a lot of banks and accounting software is built on it but i just thought it would be better if it was upgraded.
    Yes, it has limits to what it can do. A lot of languages have such limits, the reason is that a lot of languages were designed for specific tasks. Languages like C and C++ are often called general purpose languages, languages which can be used for a wide range of applications. I think Cobol is one of those other languages, which are good at a specific task, but useless for other tasks.

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