Charles Hottel wrote:
Charlie, we already discussed this under the "Interesting Article" thread
in this very forum.
I note that you posted there.
Is there some reason you wanted to reopen it under a separate thread?
I made my comments under that thread and some of them were incorporated into
the article I wrote at:
In particular see the section headed "Management sometimes don't get it"
In the month since it was published this article has taken over 7600 hits
and has created more private mail for me than anything else I have ever
written anywhere. COBOL guys are not the only ones who are pissed of with
short sighted managers who really don't understand what's important.
My point is that the "COBOL brain drain" is bullshit. The demise of COBOL
has nothing to do with programmers retiring.
A modern programmer can acquire all the COBOL they need in a few weeks.
There are long time COBOL programmers available for work; but outsourcing
has conditioned management to value this job at $8 an hour...
The problem is with the formulation of long term strategy, and that is a
"I used to write COBOL...now I can do anything."