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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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'.
So, too, programming languages have standards that cover everything from how files are named to job control language to screen design to how comments are included in the file.
My personal definition of the field and its name would be "computology": the study of computational processes and the means by which they may be realized." But alas, the name "computer science," like OS/360 Job Control Language, will probably persist until the sun grows cold.