IBM Practically Begging CS Students To Become Mainframe Programmers
from the not-dead-yet! dept
Yes, mainframe computers still exist, but the people who work on them are increasingly aging themselves out of the job market. That, apparently, is a problem for IBM, who wants to keep selling mainframes, just as companies realize they can usually get by just fine without them. So, IBM is giving various college programs access to mainframes and encouraging classes teaching students how to program the big dinosaur iron. Of course, while that may mean jobs that are available now, you have to wonder if it really makes sense to spend so much time to be trained in what’s likely to be a shrinking market. Update: Then there’s the strategy a Princeton engineering dean suggested for Microsoft: hoping that fictional characters go on to careers in computer science to encourage more kids to do so.