Rich kids are into COBOL

Todd Killingsworth killingsworth.todd at
Tue Feb 17 13:35:07 CST 2015

College class project COBOL was NOTHING like working on years old ( or
decades old O_o ) production COBOL.   It usually entailed going on an
archeological dig through source, trying to discover business rules that
nobody left on the devl team could remember.

Also re-discovering why some pieces were "architected" the way they were.

Those brave kids will earn any high $$$$ with blood, sweat, and many many


On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 2:27 PM, Mike Stein <mhs.stein at> wrote:

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> I wouldn't wish a COBOL career on my worst enemy. What a god-awful mess.
> And yes, I know how and why it came to be.  And all about legacy code
> bases and the high cost of migration.  I was forced to take cobol back in
> 1978, never attended a lecture, handed in all the assignments, wrote the
> final, passed the course, and promptly forgot the whole thing.
> Still, what a god-awful mess :-)
> ----- Reply -----
> Good thing Grace Hopper isn't around to read that...
> I actually kinda liked COBOL; a lot of it was just boilerplate after all...
> m

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