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Recommended Citation: Kizior, R J, D E Carr, and P Halpern.  Does COBOL Have a Future?  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §126.

Does COBOL Have a Future?

Ronald J. Kizior    [a1] [a2]
Loyola University Chicago    [u1] [u2]
Chicago, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

Donald E. Carr    [a1] [a2]
Eastern Kentucky University    [u1] [u2]
Richmond, Kentucky, USA    [c1] [c2]

Paul Halpern    [a1] [a2]
Mountain View, California, USA    [c1] [c2]

This paper will describe the results from a survey taken of professional business and industry employers who are using COBOL in their information systems. A discussion of the IS Manager's view of the future of COBOL is presented. Almost 90 percent of IS Mangers surveyed indicated that COBOL should continue to be offered in college curriculums, and also nearly 90 percent indicate that both object-oriented and web-based features of the COBOL language should be integrated into COBOL instruction in college curriculums. It is hoped that these results will help academia to design their curriculums to meet the expanding need for IS people over the next five years.

Keywords: COBOL, software engineering, curriculum design, OO-COBOL

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