THE COBOL COMPILER: OPTIMIZING MILITARY COMPUTER OPERATION.
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH N J
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This report presents in basic engineering terminology a description of the recent development of a COBOL compiler for use with the U. S. Armys militarized MOBIDIC MOBIle DIgital Computer. The process of compiler translation and compilation of an English language type Source Program into an Object Program is discussed. The major benefits derived from the use of the COBOL compiler are explained, i.e., 1 documentation, 2 minimization of training, and 3 41 reduction in programming time. Development problems and their solutions are discussed. The reason, location, and treatment of compilation errors are provided. During acceptance test, the compiler was first evaluated by utilizing diagnostic type programs, then typical application data processing programs were computed and evaluated. A recapitulation is provided which emphasizes the main benefits achieved by the U. S. Army thus far in optimizing their military computer operation. The conclusion summarizes the report and projects further logistic applications of the COBOL compiler at other installations, and applications into other phases of the CCIS-70 Program such as Personnel and Administration and Intelligence. Author