Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 24th May 2007 20:59 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Those in search of eternal life need look no further than the computer industry. Here, last gasps are rarely taken, as aging systems crank away in back rooms across the U.S., not unlike 1970s reruns on Nickelodeon's TV Land. So while it may not be exactly easy for Novell NetWare engineers and OS/2 administrators to find employers who require their services, it's very difficult to declare these skills -- or any computer skill, really -- dead." My Take: "C" dying should have been "x86 Assembly".
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by Damien on Thu 24th May 2007 21:10 UTC
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My comment to their article:

This is a perfect example of an article written by someone who appears to have more experience reading press releases and print magazines than actually working in the field.

COBOL is still one of the most important languages on the face of the planet - virtually every financial transaction touches a COBOL system of some sort. Y2K was the best opportunity the world had to get rid of COBOL but it has lived through it, and now with Micro Focus buying AcuCorp there will be more unification of the varying platforms which should help its longevity.

As for C being dead, when was the last time you saw an operating system or device driver written in PHP, or even Java?

ColdFusion did quieten down during the v5 and v6 days but it has seen a resurgence since v7 was released - Macromedia were actually surprised at how many sales they made and they are busy polishing off v8 for release fairly soon (probably this summer). With what has been announced for v8, it will be one of the most powerful and easiest to use web development platforms anywhere and should see continued growth. To say that ASP, .NET, Java, et al have superceded CF is just naive.

And what is up with the "PC administrator" details? What definition is being used? Every systems administator I've seen has had to build machines from scratch, including component installation, OS & software installation & configuration, etc, etc. Just because you have an MCSE doesn't mean you know how to install a device driver or copy a file from one drive to another, or know what FTP is.

So, please, if you are going to write an article lambasting technologies you don't read about in industry magazines anymore, at least do some of your own research so you don't come off looking like an ignorant beginner who just passed their MCSE.

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