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I think most if not all Mainframes run Java, so I think saner would be to learn so I can port to Java.

There are still younger guys in our banks who COBOL, but the domain expertise sits with the much older guys. It's lately common for the older guys who go on pension to come back as "independent consultants". They earn a lot of course.

eh, modern mainframe even runs Linux, so not really a problem there technically

Just find one of the experts that are willing to answer whatever question you have on the legacy COBOL code

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