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10:24 AM
@Pikalek My mother had a lifelong career writing COBOL code for mainframes for this reason. 😆
 
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1:27 PM
@DMGregory I heard there was some money to be made!
On the flip side, there is not much room for improvements, redesign, upgrades, mainly due to the nature of the job (not because of the language).
(As I heard)
 
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2:56 PM
My school kept a COBOL class on the books for many years partly because a large local medical insurance provider used it. I don't see it now, but they may have just moved it to "special topics."
I have only a very passing familiarity with it. I was potentially in some group capstone project for said insurance co & got a run down on it. It struck me as making sense in the context of its time, but also edgy casey by modern standards. I don't recall why I didn't proceed w/ that class - maybe I didn't need the credits & decided to 'spend' them on other courses. Anyway, I could very much believe that expertise on it are invaluable where needed.
And I bet she has a lot of interesting stories to go with such a career!
I wrote my apprentice thesis (not a real thesis but like a 40h docu / programming in one) about a small program that parsed cobol class declarations to a xml structure (which was later used for some basic web interface for communication)
3:33 PM
@Zibelas Neat! What was your take on the experience when you were done?
was like 15 years ago. Had to learn at least the basics of cobol to know how to interpret the classes. I did not mind the language itself but didn't like much the console approach of the editor
from what I was told and from what I still heard, it does not seems to be replaced anytime soon (Cobol itself). It is just too good for this kind of work to be done

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