programmers headThe programs sitting in IBM mainframe computers might be perfectly good but unusable on today’s machines. A company called Raincode is offering a free solution.

Many of those large computers are programmed in COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language). This is particularly true of banks, which are often slow to change. To translate COBOL into something a modern computer can read you need what’s called a compiler. offers a free one. The result is code that’s as fast as if it had been written for more modern machines.

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