Ahhh, COBOL. So for those of you who don’t know me personally, I went to Northern Illinois University for my undergrad. NIU is a mainframe school. Yes, I spent most of my days sitting in front of a PC running MVS Batch submitting COBOL and Assembler jobs to the school mainframe (as a side note, my first programming language was mainframe Assembler at College of DuPage).
I’m currently working on a project to move batch processing from the mainframe to Java. I’m actually very excited about it. We’re playing with some very cool technologies (Spring Batch, Terracotta for some grid computing, etc). However, I currently am a bit ahead of schedule so I don’t have specs (*gasp). Since I spent my former years working in COBOL (including my internship at ComEd), I asked for the program that I will be converting first so I could sift through it myself. 303 dead trees later, I have alot of reading ahead of myself.
Printing out the program made me a bit nostalgic for the days of college so I did some quick Googling to see if they still use MVS Batch. They do and I found the documentation for it. Very impressive. It starts with turning on the computer! Check it out: http://www.cs.niu.edu/mvs/mvsbat.html.