1 May 2006
Compiles only because of luck
Back in the day, I actually had a COBOL compiler for the Commodore 64, and I can tell you, there were times when I couldn't tell a PICTURE clause from Santa Claus.
But there's a whole lot of COBOL code still out there, which is apparently what keeps Rocket Jones in incendiary devices:
I'm actually a young whippersnapper compared to a lot of the COBOL programmers still working, and that pool of talent is shrinking faster than the remaining need for 'em. One of the best skills to have for the massive Y2K effort was COBOL. Business needed them, and paid dearly because they needed them badly.
I must point out here that I work in an RPG shop, which means that I'm not in any position to snicker.Posted at 7:11 AM to PEBKAC