how relevant is COBOL is todays industry?

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  1. Tk

    Tk Well-Known Member

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    we are learning COBOL right now in the program im in at the local CC.

    personally, it annoys the ever loving hell out of me.... not just the language, but having to work inside a mainframe to do my projects.

    im in cobol 1, which is a half semester, i think we have to go up to cobol 3 but can take 4 if we want.


    anyways..... will i ever use this language unless i find a job specific to cobol coding? the teacher says they are paying pretty high for cobol programmers since not too many places teach it anymore. :dunno:
     
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    One of my friends learned c/c++ for CS in college and now works for a company that uses COBAL for banking software.

    I'm not sure how common that scenario is. I think it would be more practical to learn c/c++/java but I don't have any stats to back that up.
     
  3. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    u'd be surprised how many large companies still use COBOL/Fortran.
    the more babyboomers that retire, the less COBOL/Fortran workers there are. If you are GOOD software developer and know COBOL/Fortran, you'll be making a pretty penny maintaining these old systems.
     
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    Lots of financial services companies still rely heavily on mainframes. We hire a fair amount of PL/1 developers fresh out of school every year. We give them all the training they need, but if they've got a head start coming in it's that much easier for them.
     
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    Cobal is worthless
    Fortran is still used in the HPC industry quite a bit
     
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    its soo surprising how many Universitys/colleges still have COBOL in their curriculums (sp?)
     
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    thats what im hearing.

    i dont mind learning it, its just so ineffecient as compared to c++ :sad2:
     
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    We've got COBOL in our program here, and it's used alot more than people think.
     

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