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  •  I know. (2+ / 0-)
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    nchristine, worldlotus

    I was an old mainframe person. Obsolete now because the PC people can get a system up and running today over a weekend that would have spanned years and needed thousands of man years back in the old days.  

    I strongly suspect that the bulk of the data captured by the front-ends of today is immediately translated (data names not needed) and ends up on mainframes, the programming done somewhere like India by a programmer that has no clue what data they are moving.  (Move x here to Y there and save).

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 03:29:05 PM PDT

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    •  There is still a demand for mainframers.... That's (1+ / 0-)
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      DRo

      the area I primarily work.  For shear number crunching and data manipulation, a decent mainframe can run circles around servers.  But, yeah, to a certain extent the field has changed to programmer/analysts deciding what needs to be changed with a warm body that can type in India/China/Pakistan/wherever typing in the changes and coming up with a clean compile - but that doesn't mean the software 'works'!

      The project I'm currently working on.... I've done around 40 hours of analysis/design/learning and 7 to code and get a clean compile (with messing around a bit in there too).  I'll be doing at least 40 hours worth of testing to make sure the stuff is processing correctly.

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