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'Windows Must Go Open Source': What Happened?
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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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1/23/2015 | 1:44:27 PM
Ah, Cobol was once frowned upon....
I hear you, TerryB, but I'd be cautious about saying open source programmers are looking for the get-rich-quick project and creating code -- this would be the younger generation's -- that sucks. Ruby, PHP and Python are highly regarded for their concepts and quality (I did not include JavaScript on purpose.) Erlang and Go have uses that the younger generation seemed to recognize more quickly than the Cobol/CICS vintage coders. At one time there were assembly programmers who looked out on the world of RPG and Cobol with disbelief and distaste. You don't want to join them.
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1/23/2015 | 1:26:39 PM
WhatsApp is new benchmark now?
First let me clarify I'm not a MS developer, I'm an IBM guy who dates back to mainframe CICS/COBOL days. But I've toyed with VB and have been familiar with the MS development world for a very long time. It's somewhat humorous now that MS dev world talked about the way IBM dev was 10-15 years ago. Yet good old RPG is still serving me just fine on the backend of the business server, combined with Sencha's Ext JS for the browser interface. I'm sure the MS languages aren't going anywhere either for a very long time.

Go back and read what you said about WhatsApp. How many different programming languages did it take to create one doofy app? And that's supposed to be the model for the future?

God help us all if that is true. New developers use open source because it is free, period. And these "developers" all want to be the next Zuck, be billionaires without ever finishing college and actually becoming a professional computer scientist. And we wonder why everyone's computer is getting hacked and pawned.

I'm so glad I'm at tail end of my career, just makes me sick what I see today. Quality is now defined by what you sold/IPO'd for, not whether your code is worth a darn. Who's to say if Facebook was written a different way it couldn't be supported with 1/2 the people they employ now?

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