Cobol versus Java and C#

According to the Computerworld article Cobol: Not Dead Yet, Cobol may be the Rodney Dangerfield of programming languages but it also can't be beat for such uses as batch processing. Its defenders claim that Cobol is easier to learn, write, read, and manage that OO languages. Is Cobol as rock-solid as its proponents make it out to be? Are Cobol programmers dinosaurs, or are they vital to maintain all of the Cobol apps still operational in mainframe environments?

Given that Cobol can be compiled to run on Windows, Unix and Linux servers, so why isn't more of that occurring? Why are so many perfectly good Cobol applications being ported to Java or C#? What's the business case for this?  What's the programming case?


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