I started my career as a programmer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center doing assembly language programming on mainframes. Part of me is sad knowing that this is no longer a skill worthy of inclusion on my resume, but I’m excited that NASA has finally moved on. My previous position was working as the software manager for the GSFC CIO, Linda Cureton (whose Blog is quoted in the article below), where we started moving all the business applications from the mainframe to the web around 8 years ago. It’s really tough to get rid of the legacy systems, but sometimes it has to be done.
For a wonderful picture of the NASA Mainframes, check out Stephen Shackland’s article on CNet:
Is anyone still running mainframes? Are any of you going to miss them?