12 Days of COBOL Programming

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Since we’re entering a new year full of hope and new beginnings, particularly putting 2020 behind us, I wanted to do the “12 days of Christmas” from the perspective of a COBOL programmer, with a Production release coming up in early Feb 2021.

The tune is, of course, the “Twelve Days of Christmas”. Enjoy…

12 Days of COBOL Programming

On the first day of Christmas, my Manger sent to me
One Production release

 On the second day of Christmas, my Manger sent to me
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the third day of Christmas, my Manager sent to me
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

On the fourth day of Christmas, my Manger sent to me
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

On the fifth day of Christmas, my Manger sent to me
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the sixth day of Christmas, my Manager sent to me
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the seventh day of Christmas, my Manager sent to me
Seven days of testing,
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

On the eighth day of Christmas, my Manager sent to me
Eight problem logs,
Seven days of testing,
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the ninth day of Christmas, my Manager sent to me
Nine code fixes,
Eight problem logs,
Seven days of testing,
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the tenth day of Christmas, my Manager sent to me
Ten programs migrated,
Nine code fixes,
Eight problem logs,
Seven days of testing,
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the eleventh day of Christmas, my Manger sent to me
Eleven UA testers,
Ten programs migrated,
Nine code fixes,
Eight problem logs,
Seven days of testing,
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

 On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Manger sent to me
Twelve days of code freeze,
Eleven UA testers,
Ten programs migrated,
Nine code fixes,
Eight problem logs,
Seven days of testing,
Six days of coding,
Five program specs,
Four business analysts,
Three new developers,
Two user requirements, and
One Production release

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Happy New Year for 2021 to all you COBOL Programmer types that happen upon this article and can appreciate both my pain and my satisfaction.

Wish me luck in 2021!

Author: Donna Jennings

I have a BA and a BComm, as well as a Diploma in Programming. I have been a COBOL system designer and coder for over 25 years, and I am still trying to demystify the language for myself...I Love the culture of COBOL and how it has provided so many people, including myself, with a lifelong livelihood. The opinions in my posts are completely my own, based on my many years of experience working in a COBOL development environment.

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