XML and the New COBOL
COBOL has quietly been processing XML for quite a while. Ken North was nice enough to request some input from the COBOL community. The purpose here is to elaborate some on what is going on in the COBOL world with regard to XML. What I mean by "quite a while" is since business applications began to deliver data in XML format. My first personal exposure to XML with COBOL was a 1999 effort for the insurance industry (just as the Y2K hit). The following is an overview and background information, followed by the mechanics of processing XML.