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OSNews, Generic OSes InfoWorld's Galen Gruman highlights 18 technologies that remain core to the computing experience for IT, engineers, and developers 25 to 50 years since their inception. From Cobol, to the IBM mainframe, to C, to x86, these high-tech senior citizens not only keep kicking but provide the foundations for many vital systems that keep IT humming.
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RE[4]: Infoworld
by broken_symlink on Fri 12th Aug 2011 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Infoworld"
broken_symlink
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2005-07-06


And the old COBOL. It's not particularly sexy or hot. It is boring and ugly, only used on old dinosaurs (i.e Mainframes).


Thats why there are tons of cobol jobs available right now.

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RE[5]: Infoworld
by Doc Pain on Fri 12th Aug 2011 20:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Infoworld"
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2006-10-08

Thats why there are tons of cobol jobs available right now.


If you're lucky, you're the one who writes the salary into the working contract. :-)

COBOL is a language that suffers from the fact that nearly nobody can (or wants to) remember it. It's not in the scope of university or professional education. Those who are skilled in it are "old men" today. There are only few young people willing and able to code in COBOL, as it doesn't seem very attractive at first sight. But the number on the bill may justify diving more into that language that is a domain of the "greybeards". That's why it's traditionally not considered "modern" and therefore uninteresting. It still runs many important infrastructures which their users and owners are possibly about to lose control of. So they are willing to spend interesting amounts of money for those who can keep the things running.

Now try to guess what this is:

Eytsh. Eff input, I pee ieh, eff, eighty eighty ... (pause) read fourty. Eff output, oh, vee, hundredthirtytwo hundredthirtytwo, of printer.
I input, ah ah, zero one. I ... (long pause) ... one twelve hello. Oh output, tee, two, ell err. Oh ... (pause) hello twelve.

Got it?

It's RPG (Report Program Generator), a programming language that's also still around. You find it in accounting and rental services. If I remember correctly, this one even dates back to the 50's. The example above is "hello world".

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RE[6]: Infoworld
by Soulbender on Fri 12th Aug 2011 20:39 in reply to "RE[5]: Infoworld"
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2005-08-18

There are only few young people willing and able to code in COBOL, as it doesn't seem very attractive at first sight. But the number on the bill may justify diving more into that language that is a domain of the "greybeards".


Yeah well, being a porn star pays well to. Doesn't mean it's a wise career move.

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RE[6]: Infoworld
by Laurence on Sat 13th Aug 2011 09:12 in reply to "RE[5]: Infoworld"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Now try to guess what this is:

Eytsh. Eff input, I pee ieh, eff, eighty eighty ... (pause) read fourty. Eff output, oh, vee, hundredthirtytwo hundredthirtytwo, of printer.
I input, ah ah, zero one. I ... (long pause) ... one twelve hello. Oh output, tee, two, ell err. Oh ... (pause) hello twelve.

Got it?

It's RPG (Report Program Generator), a programming language that's also still around. You find it in accounting and rental services. If I remember correctly, this one even dates back to the 50's. The example above is "hello world".


That's one fugly language o_O

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