I am doing evaluation to see if Micro Focus Visual COBOL for Visual Studio can be used to replace the native COBOL development using IBM TSO environment within my company.
I had download a trial version of Visual COBOL for Visual Studio (2019 version), and watched the six Webinar videos on OOP in the Micro Focus resource link. I managed to use the same test data on my desktop with no issues.
I am sure the questions that I have in mind had been asked by someone else before, it will be much appreciated if someone out there can direct me to some previous Q&A links related to my questions.
Most of the COBOL programs my company use are for BATCH process: These programs are developed using IBM TSO environment, and some had been in use for decades; they are run on predefined schedules on IBM Mainframe computers; they use lots of INPUT and OUTPUT files; they access to IBM DB2 relational database for all sort of data manipulations.
My questions are:
Can Visual COBOL for Visual Studio create executables that can be run on an IBM mainframe computer? And can the converted program be mixed in predefined batch schedules with other COBOL executables developed in native COBOL using IBM TSO environment. (that could happen if conversion is planned for multiple phases).
How executables 'Published' by Visual COBOL for Visual Studio handle INPUT and OUTPUT files?
How Visual COBOL for Visual Studio reference COPYBOOKs?
Can Visual COBOL for Visual Studio access IBM DB2 relational database?
Can I just copy and paste an existing native COBOL program into Visual COBOL for Visual Studio and compile it, or the program has to go thru a conversion process before it can be compiled?
Thank you in advance for anyone who can help. This is my first post, and hope that I post it in the right place.
Best Regards from Stan222