State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

Fred Cisin cisin at
Sun Apr 5 15:20:09 CDT 2020

>> Edsger Dijksta said, "The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching 
>> should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense."

On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, geneb wrote:
> I'm pretty sure he said that about BASIC, and I'm totally bummed he died 
> before I could bitch slap him over it. ;)

well, close.
His BASIC quote is:
"It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that 
have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are 
mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."

Here is one copy of his 1975 paper, "How Do We Tell Truths That Might 

I don't know what language(s), if any, that he liked.

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