State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

Sean Conner spc at
Sun Apr 5 21:25:51 CDT 2020

It was thus said that the Great Fred Cisin via cctalk once stated:
> >>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 
> Hurt":
> I don't know what language(s), if any, that he liked.


  -spc (Had some comp-sci profs who didn't like programming or computers)

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