Seems like COBOL is getting a bit more into the news lately. Cloudflare
<https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/16/cloudflare_cobol/> is now
offering a service to compile COBOL code into ... wait for it ...
WebAssembly. This is not for running in the browser, but in their
As for the virtues (or lack of them) of COBOL, let me just point out
that it was originally created for coding “business applications”. But
just a decade or two after it came out, businesses started making more
and more use of SQL databases. Nowadays we interface to these by
dynamically constructing SQL statements, a technique which requires
languages that have good string-manipulation facilities. Which are
conspicuously lacking in COBOL. So a “business-oriented” language no
longer matches with current “business” needs.