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Re: [ontolog-forum] Accommodating legacy software

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From: "doug foxvog" <doug@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:36:24 -0400
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On Thu, August 30, 2012 22:53, David Eddy wrote:
> ...
> Depending on your age... were you aware that 500 (50%) of Social Security
> Administration's COBOL programmers will be eligible to retire by 2015.    (01)

At least COBOL from the beginning encouraged (semi-)readable variable
names -- at a time when FORTRAN was pushing I, J, N for integers and
X, Y, Z for floats and in-line comments were rare.    (02)

> How's the semantic stack going to help with that sort of brain drain?    (03)

Tools with NL modules have a lot better chance of analyzing legacy COBOL
code than legacy FORTRAN.  John's company, using semantic technology
along with NL, can do a much better job with old COBOL than you might
expect.    (04)

-- doug    (05)

> - David    (06)

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