Forget Twitter. COBOL is where it’s at
All the hipsters in Silicon Valley are talking about PHP, Twitter, and Web 2.0, but according to recent surveys, kids can’t be bothered to use Twitter and COBOL, one of the industry’s oldest programming languages, still “equates to 80 percent of the world’s actively used code.
Yes, really. COBOL keeps chugging because it continues to power the boring (but essential) software like CICS (Customer Information Control System). Not very sexy, but when you think about life for more than a nanosecond, most of what makes life work is the transportation, finance, healthcare, etc. systems that don’t make waves but do make our lives more efficient.
This is why the hot jobs in the cold economy center on “old” programming languages like Java and .Net. They’re not cool. They’re essential.
I’ve grown to love Twitter, but I’m not waiting for it to change the world. My demographic (25 to 45-year olds working in technology) believes it’s changing the world, starting with the ushering in of a new age of Iranian democracy, but as Foreign Policy points out, Twitter does as much to help crush dissidents and spread misinformation as it helps to remedy things.
In other words, it’s really no different from the old technology, except that it does a better job getting into the news.