Everything old is new again
And the hot new tech job is...COBOL programmer?
Let's not get ahead of ourselves, but readers of this post about antiquated Pentagon systems are crowing about demand for old-school skills.
Says a commenter who goes by "Sing": I do not know any young programmers that are interested in learning COBOL, but I do know a lot of older programmers that are looking forward to the inevitable jump in salary.
A recent report claimed that 65 percent of core systems at surveyed companies in the insurance industry were written in legacy code, including COBOL. And a computer science prof I spoke with says the skills crunch is for real, with big iron outlasting the folks who know what to do with it.
Related: Vint Cerf says, "Over time the bits we accumulate that represent value will not be able to be interpreted. We have to maintain the meaning of the data we accumulate."