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Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Sun Dec 13 12:42:37 CST 2015

>>> For many years, I kept around a plug-board labelled "COBOL INTERPRETER",
>>> just to prove that a COBOL interpreter was possible :-)

> On 12/12/2015 06:13 PM, Eric Christopherson wrote:
>> Are you using "interpreter" in two senses here, or just one? That is to
>> say, I'm not sure if you're saying the "COBOL interpreter" was just a
>> program that printed COBOL source on a punched card, or if you mean it
>> actually ran the program.

On Sat, 12 Dec 2015, Jon Elson wrote:
> I'm pretty sure this was a joke based on the meaning of the word interpreter. 
> If he could have actually run an arbitrary COBOL program, with named 
> variables and conditional branching on a plugboard-based accounting machine, 
> I think IBM would have been VERY interested in hiring him!  (Or possibly 
> having him dumped in a nearby body of water with concrete overshoes.)

Folded, spindled, stapled, and mutilated!

It would probably take a larger plugboard to turn a machine for printing 
card contents on them into a language processor.

The reason that Jonathan Swift is cataloged with children's books instead 
of prose satire, and why Douglas Adams never succeeded is because they 
didn't choose the right emoticons for their works.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at xenosoft.com

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