Programming language
COmmon Business-Oriented Language
business, finance, and administrative systems

COBOL 2002 standard

object-oriented programming

National Language support (Unicode support)
Locale-based processing
User-defined functions
CALL (and function) prototypes (compile-time parameter checking)
Pointers and syntax
Calling conventions
Bit and Boolean support
“True” binary support
Floating-point support
Standard arithmetic results (portable)
XML generation
XML parsing

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