Tag: COBOL

I got sucked into a discussion on Reddit with this very question. No, I don’t hang out on Reddit. I wouldn’t even go there but a couple of technical writing crawlers periodically drop an email with links to things there. So, let’s get a few things out of the way up front: There is no “best language to learn” when the question is asked in a vacuum. There are many different job markets and industries which use the same programming languages, but they don’t advertise on Indeed or Dice or the general mainstream job boards. Most advertised = lowest wage. Before you think about learning a language and beginning a career as a programmer you really need to take a course on programming logic. Many schools either don’t offer it…

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I had heard this statement for quite some time, but had never really paid much attention to it, until this week. Thanks to the progression of technology and free software to edit/manipulate PDF files, book piracy is becoming a serious epidemic.Most of you reading this know that I have a computer book series entitled “The Minimum You Need to Know”. The current focus of this series is the OpenVMS marketplace. These books are on the high end and without competition. By “high end” I mean both price and the fact that 10,000 copies over 10 years is a lofty goal for the series. There simply aren’t many dedicated technical professionals out there willing to invest in their careers. If you enter the computer book writing/publishing arena and focus on the…

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For decades now, the IT industry has been searching for the ultimate portable language. Each new language thrust upon us promised to be the ultimate in portability. FORTRAN was supposed to let a programmer work anywhere…until you had to pull your data from tapes and files. COBOL had similar problems, but really jumped the shark when CICS user interfaces got added to the mix. BASIC was supposed to be the first language every programmer learned. Some platforms, like OpenVMS gave this language unprecedented power. Then Microsoft got a hold of the language and really ran it into the ground. You can’t even run Visual Basic code across multiple MS operating systems. Nice Job guys. After learning some hard lessons with Visual BASIC, MS came out with DOT NOT. This was…

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