COBOL - Built to Last

In this sense, COBOL and its scapegoating show us an important aspect of high tech that few in Silicon Valley, or in government, seem to understand. Older systems have value, and constantly building new technological systems for short-term profit at the expense of existing infrastructure is not progress. In fact, it is among the most regressive paths a society can take.


@neauoire AFAIK it's also quite unique to informatics because in other engeneering fields, with all the pros and cons of the case, standard tools change much more slowly.

@surveyor3 @neauoire I see what you mean about standards and tooling, but I think the fallacy of growth pervades incentives across all fields of engineering.

Maintenance is always less sexy than "innovation."

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