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Found a printout from 9/25/75 - What programming language is this? What OS could it be using? [closed]

We bought an old house that was full of all kinds of stuff in the attic. In the bottom of one of the boxes there was a stack of letters. In the letters there was this script: Curious if anyone ...
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How are financial organizations planning for the degradation of old programming languages such as COBOL? [closed]

I know that some financial organizations still use "dead" languages such as COBOL. I'm wondering what will happen in the future, when almost no one will program in those languages, and the ...
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What are the advantages to developing with outdated technologies? [closed]

A little background: I am working at a large company, using Windows XP and coding Winforms in VB6/VB.Net and some WebForms in VB.Net (95% maintenance code). I have one 4:3 19" screen. A more modern ...
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As a young developer, should I be worried about having to use “out-of-style” tech at work? [closed]

I'm a recent college graduate (last May!). While I was still in school, I wanted to make sure that I had a job before I graduated, and very early (probably too early) in my job search I settled on one ...
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Code cleanup methods and/or code coverage tools

I have an application at work, which I started work on about 7 years ago. This was my first engagement in ASP.NET web applications, and coming from a Win32 background I had a hard time adjusting. ...
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When do you drop support for an old program version? [closed]

.NET 1.1. IE6. Java 1.1. All of these are old ancient versions of software that still for some reason exist in organizations that are too scared to upgrade, don't like change, or follow the "If its ...