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danielcawrey
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3/20/2014 | 3:13:00 PM
Re: Everything old is new again
This is interesting. There will obviously be a COBOL market that will pay highly for talent, but it is a very specialized subset. Fortune 500 companies will have to pay for this of course because they are tethered to it.

But I'm not sure that if I were a student today that I would want to concentrate on something like this. 
hho927
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3/20/2014 | 3:00:33 PM
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IT world is a bit crazy. You have to catch the trend and make money.

Back then, a few of my friends took only html and got jobs with high salary. A few other took only Java and got hired. (No wonder Java is a mess and so are lots of websites) I stayed in school for 4 years and it surely doesn't pay off.
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3/20/2014 | 2:41:28 PM
Everything old is new again
So funny. In the late nineties and early aughts I was told to take COBOL and similarly older languages I'd learned off my resume, as they were no longer relevant. (This and similar advice re-routed my career path quite a bit, btw). Now it seems like they're back. Glad to see COBOL is still useful, and all the best to the students! 

P.S. Students, just be glad you don't have to learn it on punch cards ;-)
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