[luv-announce] LUV Beginners July Meeting: GNU COBOL

Andrew Pam andrew at sericyb.com.au
Wed Jul 13 17:06:49 AEST 2016

Start: Jul 16 2016 12:30
End: Jul 16 2016 16:30
Location: Infoxchange, 33 Elizabeth St. Richmond
Link: http://luv.asn.au/meetings/map

COBOL is a business-orientated programming language that has been in use 
since 1959, making it one of the world's oldest programming languages. 
Despite being much criticised (and for good reasons) it is still a major 
programming language in the financial sector, although there are a 
declining number of experienced programmers.

In the early 2000s a free implementation of COBOL was developed by 
Keisuke Nishida and Roger While. This project was gradually transitioned 
to the Free Software Foundation and on June 17th, 2005, OpenCOBOL became 
GnuCOBOL. With strong C integration, GnuCOBOL has a high level of 
compliance with modern standards of the language.

This hands-on presentation and tutorial will include some of the history 
of the language, why it is (surprisingly) still important, and plenty of 
examples to begin the journal into GnuCOBOL.

Lev Lafayette is the HPC Support and Training Officer at the University 
of Melbourne. Prior to that he spent several years in a similar role at 
the recently deceased Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and 
has spent many years on the Linux Users of Victoria committee.


There will also be the usual casual hands-on workshop, Linux 
installation, configuration and assistance and advice. Bring your laptop 
if you need help with a particular issue. This will now occur BEFORE the 
talks from 12:30 to 14:00. The talks will commence at 14:00 (2pm) so 
there is time for people to have lunch nearby.

The meeting will be held at Infoxchange, 33 Elizabeth St. Richmond 3121
(enter via the garage on Jonas St.)

Late arrivals, please call (0490) 049 589 for access to the venue.

LUV would like to acknowledge Infoxchange <http://infoxchange.org/> for 
the venue.

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association, 
registration number A0040056C.

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