|COBOL for Node.js|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Wednesday, 19 August 2015|
If you had to come up with unlikely language pairings, COBOL and Node.js would score pretty highly as a “least likely to be used together” choice. However, if for some reason you decide your legacy COBOL application needs to be instantly available on the Web, there is now a solution.
Romanian Web developer Bizău Ionică has created a COBOL bridge for Node.js called Node-COBOL.
This hasn’t been done to meet some as-yet unforeseen COBOL crisis; instead, Ionică did it because he thought it would be funny. In an email explaining his thinking to IProgrammer he said:
“Since I learned a little bit of COBOL, just for fun, I thought it would be interesting to link it to an actual programming language: Node.js. I wrote this project in few hours, more for fun than for a real-world benefit, but the feedback I got was unexpected – lots of people are talking about it. I even noticed people who said the project could be used for embedding some old COBOL legacy code into a migrated project to NodeJS (maybe a website or a web service).
From what I read, COBOL is still used a lot and it is secured enough, so I think that embedding it into modern applications makes more sense than migrating all the code.”
Source: Computer History Museum
Ionică says that Node-COBOL is ready production ready, and if anyone feels like using it in production, they only have to ask. So, somewhere in the loft I still have that box of punched cards for my COBOL masterpiece, complete with pink OS/360 JCL cards. All I need now is a card reader, and I’m in business. As Ionică says, “COBOL doesn’t die, it survives.
Let's bring COBOL back!”
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|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 August 2015 )|