job control language

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1.(Computers) A programming language used to specify the manner, timing, and other requirements of execution of a task or set of tasks submitted for execution, especially in background, on a multitasking computer; a programming language for controlling job{7} execution. Abbreviated JCL.
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By itself, the SIA software which handles communications facilities so that remote terminals devices can be used for direct interfacing with the 6600 operating system would be of little value if the development of job control languages, such as CLEAT had not provided some foundation for SIA's claim to be developing 'user oriented software'.
The biggest remaining weakness in putting the 360 software into the hands of remote computing users is the quite amazing incoherence and complexity of IBM's standard job control language.