State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

wrcooke at wrcooke at
Sun Apr 5 18:33:53 CDT 2020

> On April 5, 2020 at 5:28 PM Peter Schow via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 4:18 PM Antonio Carlini via cctalk<cctalk at> wrote:> Dijkstra was a computer scientist not a computer programmer. The two areonly tangentially related!It's funny that you say this because Dijkstra explictly calls himselfa programmer in his 1972 ACM Turing Award Lecture:
> "I married, and Dutch marriage rites require you to state yourprofessionand I stated that i was a programmer."

He called himself a programmer in 1957, and even that description wasn't allowed.  I don't think the term "computer scientist" existed yet.

Another two years later, in 1957, I married and Dutch marriage rites require you to state your profession and I stated that I was a programmer. But the municipal authorities of the town of Amsterdam did not accept it on the grounds that there was no such profession. And, believe it or not, but under the heading “profession” my marriage act shows the ridiculous entry “theoretical physicist”!


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