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Should we use tax money to support/extend the life of languages? eg. COBOL.

1. True, COBOL is dead. But people still use it. I can understand why an organisation still pays to have a guy on staff who can read COBOL.

2. COBOL is a "way of thinking". Maybe in the future, we will need this way of thinking. (eg. Latin)

3. Very bad argument: Some people speak COBOL and they will lose if everyone decides to speak C#.

4. Diversity: We need people who speak Fortran, C++, Java, VisualBasic....


Canada has two official languages.



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On 6/3/2020 at 10:50 PM, August1991 said:

Canada has two official languages.


The easy answer is it's a complex result of the history of the two 'powers' that successfully land grabbed here.

To follow the analogy, people use COBOL because they find utility in it. Presumably at some point all the people who do will die, the knowledge of it's use will die, and the still useful systems that use it will transition into the more common and available languages. The popular subsets of coding languages is ever evolving, and expanding. 

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