Reality check on COBOL
What's the state of COBOL today? IBM mainframe COBOL compilers are not the only game in town.
The zCOBOL, Raincode and GnuCOBOL compilers are free. GT Software and Micro Focus sell COBOL compilers. Raincode, GT NetCOBOL and Micro Focus VisualCOBOL can generate code for .NET assemblies.
Veryant isCOBOL executes with the Java runtime environment. The GT and Micro Focus compilers can also generate code for execution by the Java VM.
Micro Focus has 1 million licensees for its Visual COBOL product and sales increased by 91% in 2014.