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1997-06-24 00:00:00


Can 21-Day, Home School COBOL Programmers Fill the Gap?



The WASHINGTON POST's estimate of 500,000 to 700,000 additional experienced programmers needed before 2000 indicates that the y2k problem cannot be solved. But, to fill the gap with brand-new programmers, entrepreneurs are now coming forth to offer training. Here is one example.

The question is: What is the likelihood that courses like these will make available a sufficient number of programmers with the skills and experience to make the repairs on systems that have up to 70 different mainframe languages embedded in them (20 is about average)? Check your calendar. Where are we today?

You must make decisions in terms of your assessment of the likelihood that y2k will be fixed in time. Who will fix it? Are you satisfied that the graduates of the following course and others like it will be able to do it? How much are you willing to invest on this assumption?


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