who hate each other
Woohoo, I'm 83 years ahead of schedule!
pay very well.
Actually, as far as I can tell, they don't - even though banks and insurance companies are risking actually going out of business if they can't find people to maintain (or port) their ancient mainframe COBOL applications, they're still not offering more than about $50K/year for these jobs.
Let me get this straight. The only languages you can imagine are Cobol and Basic?
COBOL is simple. It is also relatively limited. This makes it easier to track, troubleshoot, and maintain.
That is the theory. The fact is, because even trivial things are awkward to do in Cobol, every Cobol program that lives more than a year promptly turns into a gigantic mind sucking unmaintainable pile of toxic sludge.
Anyone worried about getting outsourced, here's a opportunity - learn COBOL.
Or kill yourself, or both.
All programming languages are tedious as fuck to use.
Cobol is more tedious than more fuck.
When I started my PhD in image processing, I was given an 80-column, 24-line text terminal to the department microVax (approximately 1 MIP, shared between about 40 people). I was lucky, and got one of the good ones, it had an amber phospher
Seriously, the only place to see the results of the algorithm was on a shared display downstairs in the lab - which was in high demand. I ended up doing a lot of terminal-style graphs (mine wasn't a tektronix terminal, so I only had text-like characters) to prove an algorithm worked before actually seeing it.
And now I look at the technological ability of my freaking phone, and I wonder at just how far things have come in 30 years or so...
screw around and look busy
I already know I'm going to be doing that ahead of time, so I start out that way.
If this is a service economy, why is the service so bad?