• Subject: Re: Language Usage
  • From: "Al Barsa, Jr." <barsa2@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:10:50 -0800

At 09:48 AM 11/19/1999 -0500, you wrote:

>  >> IMHO, the Cobal/RPG % will fall from 10-15/85-90 to 0-1/?-? by 2001.
>2001 ?  What are you smoking Bill ?
>Even if this was a typo and you meant 2010 I  would still be doubtful.
>Undoubtedly the %age will fall as other languages become more popular, Java in
>particualr has enormous potential. Java will stick if IBM hang in, MS fail to
>ruin it, and if all the "flavor of the month' junkies keep using it instead of
>switching to something newer and sexier.

Did you hear the story about the COBOL programmer that just got fed up with 
the Y2K problem.  He was up to his ears in work, and was sick of this 
mundane remediation work.

So he went to the Mayo Clinic, and asked to be put into suspended animation 
for three months.  Everything went just great, but there was one screw 
up.  They set the time wrong, and he was put into suspended animation for 
8000 years.

When he woke up, everything was just great.  Things had changed greatly, 
technology had changed, society had changed and even the weather in 
Rochester stayed balmy during the winter!  At any rate, something was 
wrong, and the COBOL programmer couldn't figure it out.

Everyone was being exceptionally nice to the COBOL programmer, but maybe 
too nice, if you know what I mean.

Finally the COBOL programmer said "I don't understand it.  Why is everyone 
being to nice to me?"

To which the response was "Well, you're a COBOL programmer, and there only 
six weeks left to fix the 'Year 10000 Problem' ".


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