Re: 20 years is a lot of time.
Are people still using COBOL? Unbelievably yes. First released:1959. C++ is from 1984.
I never get this - for most business logic, COBOL is still perfect. I've been hearing 'academics' knock COBOL for decades - starting at Uni in the early 90's 'nobody uses COBOL anymore' all the staff at one notable English University stated categorically.
Granted, COBOL could do with modernisation, but mostly it's an image makeover it needs.