Almost everyone in this business has put in time working on crufty, calcified old software deployments; the polite word is “Legacy”. Well, they’re not going away any time soon. And in tough times, there might be some real opportunity lurking in these dark, dusty corners. [This is part of the Tough Times series.]
The world is full of legacy systems, ranging from “fresh” legacy like Java EE and ASP back through C++, COBOL, and worse. Ever worked on any of them? Most of us have. Maybe if, if business gets really lousy and all else fails, check out those old lines of work; the original creators and maintainers are heading for retirement or otherwise exiting the workforce, lots of them, and help will be wanted.
This stuff isn’t going away because, right now, nobody has capital budget for a project to re-implement the lumbering legacy dinosaurs.
And here’s another thing: These days, we have PHP and Rails and friends for slapping together Web apps quickly. Also, there are more and more tools for building mashups and other flavors of lightweight integration. So, maybe some of that legacy stuff could have a decent Web front-end bolted on at less cost in time and money than its proprietors might think.