Terry Grider wrote: > Chris.Chambers@v2music.com wrote: > > > > OK let's get a general ball rolling: > > > > What future for COBOL programmers on the AS400? We hear a lot about JAVA >and C++ > > lately so are we a dying breed? How long can we expect to be in gainful > > employemnt - what about cross training to RPG - and if there are any >programmers > > who have both skills what are the merits of RPG over COBOL and vice-versa. > > > I am fluent in COBOL/400 and ILE, as well as RPG III, IV, ILE. I have been in shops that used both and often support multiple clients with one day being an RPGer, the next a COBOLer. I believe that you will find truly terrible programs in either language, as well as excellent ones. As far as performance, both are good, as the 400's compilers do a good job of optimizing. What does the future hold? I personally will not let these skills get rusty, but I am learning more about Java and Domino. The one stumbling point in Java is that anyone with a PC can "learn" it, and be an "expert". A rather harsh statement, but look at the applications on the web. Some are truly terrible. it seems that a large portion of the people using Java have no experience in developing or maintaining systems. They often have a PC mentality of "Just reboot it" to fix any problem. Building reliable code to support an enterprise is a skill that is acquired over time. COBOL and RPG folks often developed those skills over a long period. With the rapid expansion of opportunities presented in our e-world, the demand has forced people to use less experienced resources. As management gets burned by the results of this inexperience, they will often associate their experience with the technology, ie Java. This could cause many to look at "legacy" languages and systems. JMHO, Bob +--- | This is the COBOL/400 Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to COBOL400-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to COBOL400-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to COBOL400-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---END
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