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Any tips for educating an old dinosaur who only knows Cobol?

Ok young ones. I envy you. You guys know all the new computer languages like HTML, Java, C++, etc. I'm like your old professor who is a dam good expert on Cobol and CICS and DB2 but I'll never find a job that wants those qualifications. So, I need to learn a whole lot more. What languages would you suggest I start to learn? If it were you, would you go back to community colleges or just try to learn from on line tutorials? Thanks for your honest reply. Thank you so much to those who have answered. I think after I get a little practice in HTML, I'll move on to Java and C++. It's amazing how far programming has come. I started out with punch cards on an old IBM computer. It's hard to keep up when your 6-figure job wants you to remain in the mainframe world. Thanks again. You've all been so wonderful, thank you. I almost think at my age I should apply for Director of IT departments and just direct things from behind a desk! LOL. I've learned a lot today.

Asked By: I'm all yours - 4/27/2006
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If you have programming experience then you wont have any trouble learning a new language. The structures and concepts are basically the same its jut a matter of learning the new key words and layout in other langauges... More
Answered By: sweetcandytoffee - 4/27/2006
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http://www.programmingtutorials.com... More
Answered By: c.j.davies - 4/27/2006
 
I think c++ is a good starting point to learn from online tutorials are good but I would join forums where other coders put stuff up to help you in your coding they are the best way to learn you can pick up a lot from other people... More
Answered By: fluxraider - 4/27/2006
 
FROM AN EX-COBOL GUY... More
Answered By: Matt Petry - 4/27/2006
 
I would really recommend you learn PHP. The PHP community is great and very helpful. If you do a quick search then you will find a lot of resources. Even Yahoo is moving a lot of their programming into PHP. I'm not saying it's better than any of the other languages mentioned, and at the moment having JAVA on your... More
Answered By: fishfood001 - 4/27/2006
 
Seriously, don't jump into vb and c++. You will be in the same position in another two years. Jump right to Dot net, and use C#, not VB.net. It was at a conference this weekend with a microsoft rep who basically said they will always provide VB support to large corporations who can afford to pay a ton of money for... More
Answered By: PressWriter - 4/27/2006
 
The most important thing to remember is that you know HOW to program... More
Answered By: hp_sauce46 - 4/27/2006
 
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