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LinuxWorld: I have seen the future, and it is COBOL?

Nov 09, 1999, 20:28 (10 Talkback[s])
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"The future of Y2K programmers everywhere may well lie in Web development -- at least, that's the hope of Deskware. The company has just released a commercial COBOL interpreter called CobolScript...."

"Besides, COBOL programmers are not dinosaurs! They may be nearing (or even past) retirement age -- but they are Real Programmers. They are among the first generations of programmers -- those who got into the field because they loved it, and not (like many undergraduates today) because they'd seen people five years older than them retire with $20 million dot-com."

"And as they do move into retirement, most COBOL programmers will probably continue to tinker with computers for the love of it, creating a huge pool of idle programming talent. Think of another 2.5 million programmers working on open-source projects: people with extensive systems programming backgrounds, experience on realtime operating systems, and lots of free time. Irrespective of the success of COBOL on Linux, we should try to interest these programmers in Linux as a free operating system to use, modify, and share."

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