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NewsCOVID-19 response: New Jersey urgently needs COBOL programmers (yes, you read that correctly) Pin
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In my student days, around 1980, we saw job ads asking for Cobolt competence and system stimulation programming.

Lack of Cobol competence is a serious problem; I have seen several job ads the last few years asking for competence in more or less abandoned languages. An old rule says "If it works, don't fix it". The problem with Cobol systems is that they have been working for 30 or 40 years without needing any fix, so noone has kept up the competence. Wikipedia: "In 2006 and 2012, Computerworld surveys found that over 60% of organizations used COBOL (more than C++ and Visual Basic .NET) and that for half of those, COBOL was used for the majority of their internal software."

Today, graduates believe that all programming languages are more or less "C-like". In my student days, we were studying Cobol, Fortran IV, APL, Prolog, Pascal and Simula, with hand-ins in all of these - even microcode for a 2903 bit slice processor! We had introductions to Lisp and CHILL, although no hand-ins, and in our spare time we played with SNOBOL and Forth. I think students would gain from learning other problem solving methodologies than the C-style algorithmic way.
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