Re: The COBOLization of LDAP
By Clayton on May 10, 2008
Dave continues in his latest posting...
It does seem that when a bold thought is made as an pithy, somewhat humorous statement that it's seen as some how denigrating the subject. so let me say it once again -
Like COBOL, LDAP is so deeply ingrained in our computing arsenal that it can never be entirely replaced.
Exactly. Glad we're all in violent agreement.
That said, the one thing that will be similar to COBOL is that people will be touching it without knowing it.
Just as today there are countless web services that provide access to data that was once tucked away on proprietary mainframes, tomorrow's identity applications will be touching identity data accessed via LDAP under the covers. And just like in the mainframe situation, these directories will only be playing a part of the role necessary to complete the full transaction.
For the record, my first paid technology job (an unpaid internship, now that I think of it) was updating COBOL code on an HP/3000 mini-computer in the late 80's. I can only hope that my code isn't still running someone's business!