From Mainframe to NoSQL – Part 1

Many years ago, I left college armed with a Computer Science degree, a marked-up copy of a first edition K&R, a job offer and full expectation that my freshly minted C skills would soon be honed in the real world (yes plain old C, which was considered new and up-and-coming at the time). Like many things in life however, reality worked out somewhat differently from my plans and I quickly found myself on a project steeped in all things mainframe, including COBOL, CICS and JCL. While I eventually made my way to newer technologies, I spent a fair bit of my early formative professional years writing COBOL code. And while it’s true that at the time I was eager to move on to newer “cooler” things (and eventually did), looking back retrospectively I can’t help but feel thankful for the then-unwanted opportunity and now look back on those years with more than a bit of nostalgia.
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