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Ali_gezer

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:16 am
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Hello how are you?
Recently Exxon Mobil made me an offer (here in argentina) to work with this language hat I have not any experience.
Iam a cobol/jcl programmer and im very hesitant because I did not hear anything about this language till this job offer.
Do you recommend to work with this?
I love to program with cobol, and use jcl too but this language at least here in argentina I cant find job offers in linkedin.

I have 2 years experience in cobol/jcl/db2 and besides that I have a technciature in system analysis so I know how to program in Java and sql. (oop and design patterns)

The money that they offer me is high here in argentina.
(they told that the idea is in a a few years to start migrating this old system)

Thanks.

what are your thoughts? this a dead language? do you think that working with this language will favour me in my work resume?

Thanks.
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prino
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:56 pm
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PL/I is still in pretty wide-spread use, and going from COBOL to PL/I will be a hell of a lot less frustrating than going the other way.

Feel free to send me an email, decode the email address in my signature, or visit my website and go to the home page, and I'm happy to send you some code and some more help.
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Ali_gezer

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:58 am
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prino wrote:
PL/I is still in pretty wide-spread use, and going from COBOL to PL/I will be a hell of a lot less frustrating than going the other way.

Feel free to send me an email, decode the email address in my signature, or visit my website and go to the home page, and I'm happy to send you some code and some more help.


Thanks!!
it worries me that even in amazon I cant get any digital book, there are only books in the physical form but I live in argentina so is obviously very expensive for me to buy a book from the us in the physical form
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prino
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:10 am
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www.abebooks.com/9780471420323/PLI-Programming-Hughes-Joan-Kirkby-0471420328/plp
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Ali_gezer

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:38 am
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prino wrote:
https://www.abebooks.com/9780471420323/PLI-Programming-Hughes-Joan-Kirkby-0471420328/plp
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do you reccomend this book? I have the book of murachs about cobol and jcl and is very ilustrative and didactic, I dont know if you read those books? this book that you point is ''didactic''?
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Phrzby Phil

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:25 am
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I did a lot of PL/I years ago.

Several (at least) very nice features include:

1. dynamically allocated arrays; i.e., sized at run-time
2. GET DATA statement, which allows associating variable names with values in the input stream
3. PUT DATA, which outputs the variable name with its value, especially nice for debug tracing
4. recursion

So much more - see the Wikipedia article.

You'll love PL/I and feel you've lost a lot of capabilities if you ever have to go back to just COBOL.
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