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Replacing the scripting language by COBOL
It's good to be back!!!!!!
In fact, I haven't gone far. I have been working with @MarcoBarradas, @varunm1, @Telcontar120 and @lionelderkrikor on a patch that replaces the entire RapidMiner scripting language by a modified version of GnuCOBOL, because it has the following advantages:
- A natural successor of RM/Cobol (the forgotten roots of RapidMiner, read more at https://www.microfocus.com/en-us/products/rm-cobol/overview)
- A comprehensive language that works naturally on each system.
- A better license, the GNU's Not Unix license, the same one that uses the Linux operating system.
- Self-documenting features. You know exactly what are you doing by commenting. There is one "division" for each place: your personal details in the IDENTIFICATION DIVISION, your system's definitions in ENVIRONMENT DIVISION, your data in DATA DIVISION and your code in PROCEDURE DIVISION.
- Backwards compatibility all the way down to machines that were created in 1958, because these machines do have data that is otherwise very difficult to process. Imagine the power that this could bring to RapidMiner!
- A stable ecosystem, unlike Java that couldn't handle to be backwards compatible for more than 30 years.
I would ask @sgenzer, @mschmitz, @yyhuang, @Pavithra_Rao, @ey, @RalfKlinkenberg and of course @IngoRM to consider this feature request, please, please, please.
Attached you can find a very early version of the editor with a "Hello, World!" algorithm that shows the expressiveness of the language.
Here is a newer example. @EgiShiaku is helping me with the redesign. It's a very nice UI, don't y'all think?
The only downside I see is that if this feature request gets implemented we would no longer have "5 minutes with Ingo" but rather 2 hours (and about 3/4 of the time would be just for scrolling the code for important parts) but hey, everyone in the community loves him, we would really really love to see more from him. So it's not a downside, is it?
PS. Some more links about this wonderful language that will leave Python behind in no time: