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Discussion on: The surprising longevity of mainframes

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Thank you, Dario, for sharing your experience!

This is a point I hear a lot, indeed: dealing with COBOL (or RPG) tend to be painful. As one author puts it:

The second step to refactoring is updating the development environments. Many mainframers still use green-screen editors even though powerful IDEs have been available for at least two decades. These modern IDE are bundled with refactoring tools.

This must be a cultural thing that should be superseded.

Anyway, I agree completely: it is valuable to be generalist. Your experience corroborates that amazingly.