State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

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Sun Apr 5 13:04:54 CDT 2020

Not sure about that. I worked for Pershing in Jersey City around that time. They were (are?) a clearing house for tens of millions of dollars' worth of stock and bond trades every day. Lots of cobol to be remediated still in 1999. Oh, and I also worked on decimalization (stocks used to be traded in 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16ths of a dollar)

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From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at> On Behalf Of Bill Gunshannon via cctalk
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:29 AM
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Subject: Re: State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

On 4/5/20 12:54 AM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
> On 4/4/20 9:47 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:
>> On Sat, 4 Apr 2020, Jeffrey Brace via cctalk wrote:
>>> eds-cobol-programmers-yes-you-read-that-correctly/
>> In December 1999, they were looking for COBOL programmers.
> To be fair, in 1999, everybody under the sun was looking for COBOL 
> programmers.

Not really.  The Y2K problem had been addressed and fixed on all the real computer systems long before that.

PRIMOS 23.4.Y2K.R1
Copyright (c) Prime Computer, Inc. 1988

A Y2K version of the OS released in 1988.


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