vaporland writes "According to the SD Times website, (http://www.sdtimes.com/blog/post/2010/12/16/COBOL-coming-to-Smithsonian.aspx) the Smithsonian is preparing a new exhibit to celebrate 50 years of COBOL. Before that actual, physical exhibit goes up, the national museums have put together an online history site for the language.
From the site:
Fifty years ago, each computer maker used its own programming languages to tell a computer what to do. In 1959, a group of programmers devised COBOL, a COmmon, Business-Oriented Language. Programs written in COBOL could run on more than one manufacturer's computer. In a 1960 test, the same COBOL programs ran successfully on two computers built by different manufacturers."
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