The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers said last month that Cobol was just the 42nd most popular programming language in the world, down from 36th last year. Programmers have been wondering for several years when we will reach the point when everyone who still knows how to fix Cobol has retired.
One City recruiter said the banks “tend to have a couple of old guys to answer these questions when they come in. They are very reluctant to let these guys retire”.
Lev Lesokhin at CAST agreed, saying that “a lot of the more experienced guys who know how to programme Cobol are absolutely in demand “.
Don’t these people have editors?