IBM will offer free COBOL training https://t.co/oq7X1czwLJ— Hacker News (@newsycombinator) April 11, 2020
Many systems that process unemployment claims still run on a 60-year-old programming language that barely any coders understand.
IBM is releasing a free training course next week to teach the 60-year-old programming language COBOL to coders. It is also launching a forum where those with knowledge of the language can be matched with companies in need of help maintaining their critical systems.
The moves come in response to desperate pleas by state governors for anyone with knowledge of COBOL to volunteer their time to help keep unemployment systems functioning, a critical need as the coronavirus has resulted in an unprecedented surge in people being laid off and having to claim unemployment benefits.