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  • I used to know a couple of people who decided to go into COBOL development because they could see the way the salaries were trending back in the early nineties :-)

    Last time I talked to one of them (around 2000 I think) she told me that she knew of two large orgs that had taken their compiler development in-house - because they couldn't take the risk of not being able to keep the code running on newer boxes as time went on... so folk maybe playing this sort of game already.

    • What you're talking about is one of several strategies (Mad Max) to deal with the problems companies are facing.

      • Ignore it.
        The hope here is that you'll not be working for the company by the time the problem is critical (Passing the buck).
      • Future-proof it.
        This is the "Mad Max still has gasoline" strategy.
      • Supplement it.
        This attempts to retain your COBOL programmers but allow their systems to more easily integrate with others (let's hook a turbo-charger up this Model T and hope we don't need more parts).
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