When I first learned to use computers many years ago, I was forced to make a choice. Should I use FORTRAN for scientific processing? Or, should I use COBOL for business processing? The two were mutually exclusive. Back then, my choice was clear. I was into science; besides, COBOL was for wimps unable to program a DO loop.

Since then, we have come a long way in information processing! However, it is amazing how old fallacies died slowly.

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