Michael L John wrote:
Your perspective on what it would take to "eliminate COBOL" seems pretty narrow. The various systems written in COBOL I have worked with, and continue to work with, are mature in features, performant, cost effective, and secure. It certainly seems to me that these apps were future proofed long ago.
COBOL has already accomplished what you are advocating. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Your personal bias towards COBOL is obvious. We get it, you despise it. Well, don't work with it then. Leave it to the people who are comfortable with it, and are confident that the applications are viable, and not only from a cost perspective.
In other words, we all understand your opinion. And have heard it over and over and over. I'm pretty tired of reading about it.
My perspective on what the solution should have been was and is not all that narrow, so do not tell me about what you do not know. However, what it is not is futile and the path that was chosen a long while back was a path of ultimate fultility.
Further, my position is not a matter of being biased as you incorrectly say but its about being factual and efficient, nothing more nothing less.
Sure corporate world has a lot of sayings that they abuse: If it ain't broke then don't fix it -- being one of these abused sayings. Still it has been proven more than once that the over usage of these sayings, this one in particular, more often than not comes back to bite them solidly, and in a bad way, later on. Therefore, yes to each their own but time is on my side which makes it the right side to be on. The inevitable will happen, it is just a matter of when. Further when it does, the longer that inevitability was pushed out the more drastic the issue will be once it is dealt with properly as that is a fundamental law of something that some highly knowledgeable guy put forth a long time ago. I have seen this played out in more than one company, and watched said companies fold due to -- not fixing what they felt was not broken.
As for your final statement -- take your own advise if you do not like it do not read it. No one is making you.