In view of her pandemic The COVID-19, which affects the United States, among others, is mobilizing various agencies to help fight the virus, in an effort to curb its spread. Basic medical equipment such as respirators and masks are in short supply due to their growing demand, while retired doctors are rushing to contribute to hospitals. COBOL developers are now added to this race. In particular, the governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, announced that computer developers are still needed, especially those who specialize in an outdated programming language, COBOL. In the past two weeks, more than 362.000 New Jersey residents have been left unemployed due to the Koronoi Pandemic, while in the first week of the COVID-19 outbreak, there was an increase of more than 1.600% in unemployment in the area. The system in the area has been overloaded, and a large number of requests have been made that need to be implemented. This system is "built" on the COBOL programming language.
A few days ago, Murphy spoke at a conference addressed to developers who are experienced in a particular programming language. However, it accidentally used the name COBALT instead of COBOL. However, the developers who heard this request, they immediately realized that Murphy was referring to COBOL, a programming language that first appeared in the 1960s, but in the late 1980s was already considered obsolete, so it was not even included in university programs dealing with their science. computers. It is a programming language used for development software in industries such as industry and the government, while banks such as Bank of America, and the Citibank developers with knowledge of COBOL are still looking for. Of course, not only businesses depend on COBOL, but also many US government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
One problem with COBOL is that those who specialize in it are older (50 years on average). That's why federal services pay an insurance premium for these developers, since new developers don't learn COBOL. Furthermore, the crisis caused by COVID-19 shows in many ways that the US economic, governmental and technological systems are not prepared for a possible catastrophe, according to Steinberg. Finally, Murphy stressed that since US systems are 40 years old or older, COBOL developers are needed to prevent a catastrophe.