"Python". "PHP". "Perl". Pah! Eschew all these faddy "in" languages and program all your important stuff in Cobol.
The reason Cobol drives the youngsters into a fury is that no matter how many years C and its look-alikes have in the enterprise, Cobol has twice that long in service. They could build 'em in the old days, eh? Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
Plus, you can knock off Cobol programming for 20 years and still read the stuff if you need to (which you hardly ever do since the nature of a payroll or general ledger doesn't change much over the decades). Knock off Perl for three weeks and it reads like Linear B.
No-doubt someone will bring up Y2K, but the only software I personally witnessed failing due to y2k issues were my local ATM door locks that were filled with C that wouldn't open the doors because it was yesterday. This in turn was because the C team was so busy being smug they forgot to actually check on their awesome.
Cobol is the way forward for the important stuff: the bit where you count your money and charge people for your services.
Why would you want to write financial software in a C-like language anyway, with its two types of equals, daft rules when it comes to where you need or don't need a semi-colon and no built-in datatype for manipulating money (leading in at least one embarrassing case to deployment of banking software that used floating point arithmetic)?
One more thing. Steampunk is retro. Steampunk is very "in". Cobol is about as retro as they come and some of the equipment it used to run on was a steampunker's delight. Program in Cobol, and attract the keen attention of young women in tight corsetry! All you'll get with "Python" and its ilk are spotty young guys who don't bathe often enough. Nobody wants that.
Cobol, the language that opens a world of infinite crumpet possibility.