In early April we saw the desperate search for COBOL programmers that was going on in some states of the United States. The reason: their social security systems for the unemployed use this programming language that dates back to the 1950s and there are no trained personnel to deal with the bugs they are presenting.

The issue is not a problem with COBOL as such, it is that practically nobody has studied it for years, because it is an old and unattractive language that is no longer taught in schools even though it is still present in critical infrastructure piles all over the world. That’s why companies like IBM are taking the opportunity to offer some resources.

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