State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

geneb geneb at
Sun Apr 5 17:28:50 CDT 2020

On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, Neil Thompson via cctalk wrote:

> I'm convinced that Dijksta (and anyone else who came out with similar
> comments were full of horseshit.  In my opinion, it's the ability to
> translate a real world "thing" into an algorithm that is the essense of
> programming, and anyone who has managed to learn (particularly on their
> own, as many of us did) that ability has learned something that transcends
> the language (or tool) you use to implement the algorithm.  When I first
> started programming professionally, we had "programmers" (or sometimes
> designers) who specified the algorithms and "coders" who implemented them.
> That never worked well
Yep.  You can write horrible code in /any/ language. ;)

BTW, I scanned & uploaded this last week.  Oddly relevant.


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