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Paradigm procedural, imperative, structured
Developer DEC
First appeared 1970
Stable release Dibol 1992 / 2002
Typing discipline static
Major implementations
Synergex DBL, DEC VAX Dibol, others
Influenced by

DiBOL or Digital's Business Oriented Language is a general-purpose, procedural, imperative programming language, designed for use in Management Information Systems (MIS) software development. It has a syntax similar to FORTRAN and BASIC, along with BCD arithmetic. It shares the COBOL program structure of data and procedure divisions.


DIBOL was originally marketed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1970.

The original version, DIBOL-8, was produced for PDP-8, PDP-11 and DIBOL-32 VAX/VMS systems, though it can also be run on other systems through emulators.

The DECmate II supports the COS-310 Commercial Operating System, featuring DIBOL.[1]

ANSI Standards were released in 1983, 1988 and 1992. The 1992 standard was revised in 2002.

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  1. ^ Snyder, John J. Ph.D. (June 1983). "A DEC on Every Desk?". BYTE. pp. 104–106. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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