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COBOL Programming Course Q2 Updates

By | August 4, 2023

COBOL is a 60-year-old programming language that is responsible for the efficient and secure operations of the world’s economy. In fact, most COBOL codebases are still running almost exactly as they were when first created.



While COBOL remains in wide use, COBOL expertise is becoming harder to find. As a result, Open Mainframe Project launched the COBOL Programming Course in 2020 to help students and new developers learn the language or give existing programmers and engineers a refresher. As part of an Open Mainframe project, the course is overseen by a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) that includes IBM’s Sudharsana Srinivasan, Paul Newton, Joe Winchester; Broadcom’s Michael Bauer and Hartanto Widjaya, a student at the Singapore Management University and former mentee of the Open Mainframe Project Mentorship program.

Each quarter, the TSC hosts a webinar to discuss recent achievements and have participants who went through the course share feedback. In June, the TSC welcomed Lezlie Browder to present her journey from consumer, learner and contributor to the COBOL Programming Course. Lezlie, who is currently an Open Mainframe Project Summer Mentor, also experimented with Zowe and COBOL Check. She’ll share her experience, feedback and more. Watch the video to learn more about:

  • Lezlie’s extensive background in technology, including her experience in COBOL, Fortran, and MQ Series.
  • Her perspective on the value of sharing ideas and code within the COBOL community.
  • Discussion on integrating COBOL applications within organizations, sharing code through platforms like GitHub, and the importance of understanding data and testing.


Learn more about the COBOL Programming Course by joining the mailing list or the engage with the community on Slack.

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