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Re: [open-cobol-list] open-cobol : full 85 support : bounty ...

From: Patrick
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] open-cobol : full 85 support : bounty ...
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:44:35 -0400
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On 14-10-31 12:43 PM, Mayuresh Kathe wrote:

i am initiating a personal project to improve conditions in rural india
by effecting social change via technology.
for the same, i have chosen to go ahead with cobol-85 due to it's
impressive record-oriented data manipulation abilities.

it being a self-funded effort, i can't afford to go for big iron stuff
from ibm, etc.
hence, i would prefer to go with open-cobol running under a highly
modified linux system.

i have come to realize that open-cobol does not yet have full support
for the cobol-85 standard.
who be the right person to communicate with regarding raising a bounty
to bring in full cobol-85 support to open-cobol?

do write back at the earliest.

i am travelling and hence have intermittent network access, please do
not feel let down if i don't respond immediately, will do so as soon as
i get back to my operating base in bombay.

best regards,


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Hi Mayuresh

I think this is going to be tough. Brian Tiffin is our team leader and Simon Sobischis is our lead developer but I don't think either really gets involved with money much. Perhaps you could explain what 85 features are missing and why they need to be implemented? If you were able to fund the addition of these that would be great but maybe if you could make a case for them they could be included without cost.

Life is absolutely crushing me right now and I can't get this done but I have been planning on driving down the street to IBM to ask if there was a way for them to back our project. It looks like they try to get people interested in microfocus which comes with about a $5K + price tag. Our project could get people trained in Cobol much faster and if we agreed to default to the IBM dialect maybe they would fund us.


P.S my wife is from the Philippines, I am curious how Cobol could be used to improves lives in rural underdeveloped places

P.P.S We have had a recent name change and now we are GnuCOBOL

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