With free COBOL courses and additional forums, IBM is responding to an unexpectedly high demand for corresponding programmers, especially in the United States. Parts of the critical infrastructure there, such as healthcare and transportation, but also banks, use software that was written in the programming language. The measures are intended to help accelerate the expansion of systems in the wake of the corona crisis.
Here IBM works with the Linux Foundation's Open Mainframe Project. The result is three building blocks: The first are free COBOL courses based on open source, aimed at beginners and advanced users. For this purpose, IBM and the Linux Foundation initially only use GitHub and Microsoft's VS Code (download). Free video training is also to follow in May, where IBM is cooperating with Coursera.
Experts should help in the forum
The specially designed forum for technical questions is aimed primarily at beginners. Experienced COBOL programmers should provide advice and support here. The third component is also a forum, but aimed at employers. In this way, they should be able to establish contact with programmers – regardless of whether they are experienced programmers or new graduates.
The US states of Connecticut and New Jersey in particular are looking for additional COBOL programmers. The state unemployment databases also use the programming language, which is now around 60 years old. But COBOL is also still used in Europe, for example in finance. It is estimated that around 95 percent of all money automation runs with COBOL.
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