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Tell me about it. I started with FoxPro before it was "Visual".
v2.0 I think...
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I started with FoxPro 2.0 and my first computer job was maintaining the Lawn Doctor Business System written in that language in 1994. It was the system that Lawn Doctor franchisees used to run their businesses.
The difficult we do right away...
...the impossible takes slightly longer.
The largest liquidation in the world so far used Foxpro for its claim and payments systems. I wrote some of them and maintained existing ones. Used properly it was a great little language. Visual Foxpro was even better but short lived due to DOTNET. Rick Strahl once commented , if someone says it can't be done in Foxpro, there's a good chance he doesn't know what he's talking about.
We can’t stop here, this is bat country - Hunter S Thompson RIP
From the little I remember...wasn’t it column based too? Like commands had to start in specific columns or the compiler didn’t even see them?
It was so non-REPL too. You had to write an entire program, ship it off to the mainframe, wait and then check the green-lined paper to determine what even went on.
A friend of mine recently landed a new gig, so I asked about it.
First question, what technologies do they use?
His answer was rather unexpected... "Mainly COBOL.NET[^]"
Apparently, you can compile COBOL to MSIL and even run it in Azure, but why anyone would ever want that is beyond me
In their case they sort of "upgraded" (if you can call it that) some old COBOL applications.
Their new services were all Java (no, not Java.NET or COBOL.jar )
When I was working on my CS degree (never completed) in 1991 I had to take COBOL I, II (finished) and III (still haven’t completed). The language was basically dead then (except for knowing it so you could do maintenance and conversion.). Of course that is still going on.
I still need to finish Management 205, COBOL III and Accounting II to obtain my degree.