What follows is a warning to those people learning COBOL with the help of this document. The variable names used to implement the algorithm to find Easter day are near to useless as to intent and or reason. It’s not good COBOL style and I got called on it. Take the critique for what you will, I took it as ‘hey, come on, write better code if you’re going to show it off’. Keep in mind that if you ever are fortunate enough to work with core business COBOL, what I got as a critique, could well be an embarassing drumming from a boss and threats of firings. And as a side-note, be willing to take drummings and learn from them before the threats of firings occur. Programmers should never be defensive over code, but open and willing to better.
Also, since I have this forum, I have a 30-year-old mystery I’d love to have solved by any readers that may have the answer. In the 1985 AFC Championship game, the Dolphins were home against the Patriots, and one of the Orange Bowl’s end zones was actually painted red and blue and said PATRIOTS. I didn’t dream this. It happened . Go watch it. It’s fucking insane. And it’s not like that was the tradition back then. That same day the ’85 Bears hosted the NFC Championship game against the Rams and one of the end zones at Soldier Field sure as fuck wasn’t painted blue and yellow and said . RAMS in it. Can you even imagine? Who made that decision? Who was running the Orange Bowl that day, one of my friend’s moms? “Well, the Patriots are our guests and we should make them feel at home.” You’re painting one of your end zones in the opposing team’s colors in the AFC Championship game?! Fuck I fucking hate the Miami Dolphins. Also I fucking love them.