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The Visual COBOL Data Tools is available from the SupportLine website and is listed
under Visual COBOL AddPacks in the Product Updates section.
The Visual COBOL Data Tools are for creating and editing Micro
Focus format data files used to develop or maintain an application. The Data
Tools available are:
The Visual COBOL Data Tools is an AddPack to the Visual
COBOL development products and it requires one of the following products to be
installed to enable installation of the AddPack.
On installation additional menu items are created under
“Micro Focus Visual COBOL 2010”
Data Tools Start Menu location
The menus provide invocation of the Micro Focus Data Tools
IDE. The IDE uses components of the installed Visual COBOL product and requires
a Visual COBOL feature license to be available for execution.
Data File Editor
The Data File editor provides creation or editing of data
files in the Micro Focus File Handler formats. The editor provides a text
display of the records in an unformatted view and can display the current
record in vertical hex in a hex view.
The editing experience can be enhanced by creating record
layouts representing the data types held within the file. The following image
shows a record layout view alongside the unformatted view of the records in the
a data file with record layouts.
The Data File Convert provides the ability to covert a file
creating a different file format or changing the record size or changing the
character set (ANSI/EBCDIC) of the data within the records. If records contain
non-text data items a record layout can be used to prevent conversion of
non-text data items.
The following image shows the details of the input file and
output file used to convert a file downloaded from a mainframe in EBCDIC format
to a Micro Focus format sequential file. A record layout file is used to
control the conversion of data items within the records.
a data file format and text character set.
The Layout Editor provides the ability to create a record
layout file for use with the Data File Editor and Data File Convert. The record
layout file contains descriptions of the types of records held within a data
file. The record descriptions are obtained from the debug file (.idy) created
when compiling a COBOL program.
When creating the record layout file the Data Division
information is loaded from the debug information file and presented in a view.
Records are dragged to the layouts view to include them in the layout file. If
there are multiple record types within the data file conditions need to be
defined to identify the different record types within the data file.
The following image shows the creation of a record layout
file (.str) that will contain three record types. The first record type for
employees has been set as the default type and the second record type for
managers is being made conditional on the content of a data item within the
a record layout file with a number of record types.
Note: Large numeric data item (38 digit) support is now
provided in record layouts.
I checked the supportline website and I cannot find the "Visual COBOL Data Tools" download under the product updates or within Visual Cobol R3/R4.
Is it generally available or we should wait?
You can download the Data Tools Addpack from Supportline under the Visual COBOL section
Look in here: Visual COBOL Addpacks
Err ... no you can't! Sorry it ain't there yet!
Gents, we’re looking into this now. Thanks for letting us know and apologies for the inconvenience.
We have fixed the Supportline website. Visual COBOL customers can now download the Data Tools Addpack.