COBOL is back -- in India!
Now they are running "train the trainer" sessions here to send COBOL trainers over to India -- so the trainees can do coding in COBOL (because we don't have anyone here that knows how to use it?) I last used COBOL in 2001 but it was an easy language to use, compared to FORTRAN (cryptic,) C (complex,) C++ (all over the place,) BASIC (unstructured,) etc. I'll bet there are still many American programmers left around who wouldn't mind doing a little COBOL, if they would just pay what they used to pay! At a company called Jackson National Life in Lansing, MI., they actually have a "training program" which includes COBOL programming. For laughs, I applied -- sent my resume with 20+ years experience -- and got no reply back! They are probably bringing in those Indian programmers and teaching them "the ropes" here, for probably $27K a year, if they are lucky.
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