A friend of a friend recently moved into the big city from down south. The guy used to work for a local government office in the province as a programmer of sorts. I was sought to help out the guy get a job and I asked him his programming skill sets.
I was surprised that the one he knew were stuff I haven’t encountered in half a decade — Cobol, Pascal, etc. Are they still being used until today?
I checked out JobsDB for those terms and found the results quite surprising:
- Cobol – 23 job positions in the last 30 days.
- Pascal – no positions available in the last 30 days.
- Fortran – 1 job position in the last 30 days.
- Coldfusion – 2 job positions in the last 30 days.
- PowerBuilder – 6 job positions in the last 30 days.
I thought of adding Assembly to the list but I realized a lot of people are still using it for hardware-level programming. C is out but C++ is still active. How about AS 400?
From the list above, only Pascal/TurboPascal is completely written off as non-existent. I remember Pascal as the first programming language I learned back in ’95 from a dorm mate.