Cobol vs C# Programming - ByteScout

Cobol vs C# Programming

When we compare two programming languages, we must know about the intention behind the creation of that language. Even we must evaluate the usage of that programming language, and which business market is taking the major benefit of that language. The field in which language is being played; later on it shapes the language uniquely. Today we will compare two powerful programming languages.

COBOL was developed for business applications. It has been used in Banking Systems, Insurance Companies, and government departments.


C# was developed as a general-purpose high-level language. The purpose was to build components easily and able to use those components in distributed environments.


COBOL is primarily an imperative language. Since 2002, it was revised and adds functions that make it Object-Oriented language. In C#, programs are created around objects according to action and logic. It is called an Object-Oriented Language.
COBOL is an imperative Programming language. It means that it describes the program “How to do”. One of the COBOL features is that it is designed as an imperative and procedural way. C# is a mainstream language and OOP language. It was designed primarily to support imperative (Procedural) language.
Yes, Cobol is a functional language. C# is a multi-paradigm programing language. It is a functional language.
Cobol is a procedural language. As other procedural languages, it is written in a sequence of commands that tells the computer “What to do”. A method in object-oriented programming is like a procedure in procedural programming. C# is a procedural language as well.
Cobol is not a generic language. In C#, the basic idea is to allow user-defined types to be a parameter to methods, classed, or interfaces. So C# is a generic language that allows the user to define classes and methods with the generic placeholders.


Cobol is a highly reflective programming language; it can modify its structure and behavior. C# is a reflective programming language; it can be use reflection to retrieve metadata on types at runtime.
Cobol is no need to include event-driven. It can simplify programming for event-driven environments and save the procedural structures of any program. C# made programming like a piece of cake with introducing delegates and events together.
Procedural, Imperative, and object-oriented. Structured, Imperative, Object Oriented, event driver, task-driven, Functional, generic, reflective, concurrent.


It has been revised four times from its standardized date 1968. C# has been revised/released in 8 versions, the last version released on Sep 23, 2019, just 6 months age.


  COBOL has a Weak and Static typing discipline. C# is a CLI [Common language infrastructure] designed language.
COBOL is developed by CODASYL, ANSI, ISO


C# was developed by Microsoft and designed by Anders Hejlsberg.


Both languages have specific paradigms and usage. C# is considered a more revised and updated version of a high-level language. C# programmers are easily available in the market. Its support is available from Microsoft. Even though, COBOL is still important in some organizations, especially in banking systems. COBOL is being used by mainframe computers.