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Dreaming in the language of flags and Autocoder
When in Scouting, I studied Morse code and found myself dreaming in dots and dashes. Later when studying the international code flags (maritime) I found myself having dreams in the language of flags.
As I have migrated across platforms and operating systems I have had periods of dreams in Autocoder, TPL (a Texas Instruments language), Basic, RPG and structured flow diagram symbols. Usually the coding language is the communications medium of the dream, however in some cases it has been directly related to a conundrum encountered in waking hours and in those cases was memorable enough in the morning to start me thinking of a workable solution. I don't recall ever dreaming in COBOL; perhaps it is just too wordy.
Caught in a COBOL loop
The telltale pager
Bill's wife's dream
What is it with COBOL, anyway?
Then I dreamed I was the COBOL program, watching the data go thru the various loops and things that comprised what was a very large batch processing job at a bank doing transaction posting to flat files on tape (now THERE's a lost art for the most part) -- reading things in, writing things out -- it was really scary.
Oddly enough in yet another example of synchronicity we were just talking about dreams the other day and I got to tell people this story for the first time in years.
By the way, just so you know how intense this training course was: they took our scissors away so we couldn't use them to commit suicide and it wasn't uncommon to work 12-14-16 hr days, just on the training course. It was wild...
I did learn a lot and to this day (well, maybe to this day) I can override a DD statement in IBM MVS JCL without looking at the manual. Of course I haven't actually had to DO that for the last 15 years, but anyway.
The light at the end of the tunnel