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    Default NJ looking for 6 talented COBOL programmers

    I told you it would make a huge comeback :

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020...ronavirus.html

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    I shared this with my friend Tom Lahey (of Lahey Fortran Compilers) a few days ago. He always lamented not doing a COBOL compiler like his contemporaries Ryan and McFarland (they all came from DigiTek). I joked with him that he should write a COBOL to JavaScript transpiler so all the kids nowadays could maintain the code. In Fortran, of course.

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    Note that NJ is looking for volunteers; so unlike the run-up to Y2K.

    Good luck with that. They might as well be looking for experts with COMTRAN experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipc View Post
    I told you it would make a huge comeback :

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020...ronavirus.html
    . . . time for the turbo abacus.
    Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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    Quote Originally Posted by resman View Post
    a COBOL to JavaScript transpiler
    good luck doing that with CICS, DB/2, and all the other libraries these applications require

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    good luck doing that with CICS, DB/2, and all the other libraries these applications require
    IBM has already created Javascript tools to handle CICS and DB2. I think IBM made a number of other tools to speed the porting of COBOL applications to contemporary languages.

    https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledg...nodeintro.html
    https://developer.ibm.com/mainframe/...b2-on-node-js/

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    The LOOPS system is CICS and DB2 based. NJ has been trying to modernize this system for quite a long time. Lots of background in this 15(!) year old PDF: https://www.nj.gov/treasury/purchase...s/a2329rfp.pdf

    Even older Powerpoint presentations about the system and what they wanted to replace it with: https://slideplayer.com/slide/4785295/ https://slideplayer.com/slide/3725970/

    The mainframe end is likely solid. It's the web based interface that is likely falling flat on its face with the traffic surge.

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    Huh, never thought I'd see COBOL mentioned again. I used to program in that language during the early 1990s, before I switched over to become a Unisys-MAPPER programmer instead. Bet you've never heard of that language/database.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbbert View Post
    Huh, never thought I'd see COBOL mentioned again. I used to program in that language during the early 1990s, before I switched over to become a Unisys-MAPPER programmer instead. Bet you've never heard of that language/database.
    All eyes and ears Rob - lay it on us.
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    Cue the Los Trancos Woods Marching Band.

    (Who can tell me what this refers to--and why it's relevant to COBOL?)

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