Matt Lawrence wrote:
> Don't dismiss all of the ideas in COBOL so quickly.  For decades it has 
> been the only mainstream language to do decimal arithmatic.

PL/I, RPG, and Ada from Ada 95 on. And they all avoided the horrible 
botch in COBOL's precision handling that was not fixed until COBOL 2002 
(and is still only optionally fixed).

-- 
John W. Kennedy
"The blind rulers of Logres
Nourished the land on a fallacy of rational virtue."
   -- Charles Williams.  "Taliessin through Logres: Prelude"