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Micro Focus is delighted to announce Visual COBOL 4.0, the latest major release and flagship solution for COBOL application development.   

Visual COBOL bridges business critical systems with the world of next generation technology including .NET, JVM, Containers and Cloud. This latest release continues our commitment to customer choice by offering COBOL deployment to Docker containers.

In addition, Visual COBOL 4.0 delivers new tools for COBOL developers and support for new platforms providing our customers the flexibility and choice to modernize business applications, infrastructure and delivery process.

Visual COBOL 4.0 Highlights:

  • COBOL application deployment to Docker
  • Enhancements for COBOL application deployment to the Java Virtual Machine
  • New tools for COBOL developers including the latest IDE updates for Visual Studio and Eclipse
  • Patented reversible debugging tools for Intel Linux platforms
  • Support for the latest releases of operating systems platforms
  • Over 100 customer requested fixes and enhancements

For further details, see the updated product pages, solution brochure and datasheet.

Take a closer look at the Visual COBOL launch webinar for a closer look at this release including two NEW demonstrations.

- The Micro Focus COBOL Team

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Micro Focus Contributor

We are delighted to announce Visual COBOL 3.0, the latest major release of our modern solution for COBOL application development and deployment.  

Visual COBOL is the bridge to modern software development practices and the latest delivery platforms. This release enables Net Express and Server Express customers to modernize their applications and their software development pipeline and move to the latest operating platforms.

Visual COBOL 3.0 Highlights:

  • New features for Agile development teams including support for continuous integration (CI) systems, a unit testing framework and 1-year subscription to Micro Focus Rhythm
  • Patented reversible debugging tools for Red Hat Intel platforms
  • Support for generating JSON data from COBOL records
  • Support for the latest development tools and the latest releases of operating systems platforms
  • Over 100 customer requested fixes and enhancements

Micro Focus is hosting a launch webinar for COBOL customers on Thursday, July 13th.  Join us to see this latest technology and learn more about these new tools for the modern COBOL developer.

The COBOL product team

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Micro Focus is delighted to announce the availability of a new book - Visual COBOL: A Developer’s Guide to Modern COBOL. Designed for Java, .NET and COBOL developers, this new resource offers over 300 pages of technical content and code samples along with access to a free student developer license. 

Start a new era of innovation, powered by modern tools that bridge COBOL systems to the world of Java and .NET.

Key features include:

  • A real-world example to illustrate key concepts
  • An explanation of .NET and Java object models for the COBOL developer
  • An introduction to COBOL for the Java or .NET developer
  • A complete reference to the new syntax for Visual COBOL
  • A free student development tools license integrated within Visual Studio and Eclipse.

Download your free eBook at Also check out this new book on Amazon.

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On April 4th, Micro Focus announced its Visual COBOL solution now supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2017. For over 50 years, the enterprise has continued to rely on COBOL applications to drive competitive advantage and deliver critical business services. As the pace of business change accelerates, fueled by the digital economy, Visual COBOL for Visual Studio 2017 enables IT teams to align existing COBOL systems with the future business strategy.

Micro Focus Visual COBOL enables software developers to build and modernize COBOL applications alongside Microsoft .NET languages, including C# and VB.NET, while taking advantage of Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 to connect COBOL applications to new technologies, including Windows 10, .NET and the Azure cloud. Through a seamless development experience, Visual COBOL for Visual Studio enables DevOps teams to move faster and deliver more functionality, while re-using valuable application logic and data.

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Micro Focus is delighted to announce a NEW set of data modernization solutions for COBOL applications—Relativity and Database Connectors. These add-on solutions to the Micro Focus COBOL portfolio enable you to unlock the value of business data—without cost and risk.

Relativity delivers the benefits of relational database access to COBOL systems by making COBOL data files available to virtually any ODBC or JDBC enabled toolset, such as Microsoft Excel. For Net Express®, Server Express™, RM/COBOL®, and Visual COBOL® users, Relativity enables you to take full advantage of modern analytics and reporting tools by presenting COBOL data as a relational data source—preserving the performance of COBOL data files with the added flexibility of RDBMS access—all without code or application infrastructure change.

Relativity helps analysts and developers:

  • Create custom user-defined reports for business and technical audiences
  • Analyze data using Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access. Microsoft Excel, or other ODBC- or JDBC-enabled reporting tools
  • Access and integrate with COBOL data using Java, C#, VB.NET, and C++ languages
  • Deliver secure, real-time data access and analytics for data warehousing, ETL, business intelligence, and data archival needs

For ACUCOBOL users, Micro Focus also offers a similar relational data access solution—AcuXDBC.

Database Connectors simplify the transition from traditional COBOL data files to relational database management systems. The new data modernization solution solves the complex challenge in modifying COBOL source code to utilize SQL syntax by automatically translating the existing data file syntax within COBOL source code into SQL instructions operating against a modern relational database. This approach delivers a bridge between RDBMS and COBOL removing any need for an application rewrite.

Database Connectors helps analysts and developers:

  • Leverage the benefits of SQL and RDBMS without significant re-engineering
  • Increase application reliability, availability, and scalability using modern RDBMS technology
  • Improve application up-time and recoverability following a system failure
  • Preserve traditional COBOL file-IO semantics for faster application reuse
  • Expand application usage while managing RDBMS infrastructure costs

For ACUCOBOL users, Micro Focus also offers a similar database connectivity solution—Acu4GL.

More information on Relativity can be found here. Additional details on Database Connectors can be found here.

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The #COBOLrocks TechCasts are here.

There's a description below of the first six topics we'll cover in the series, but then we'd like your help! Send us your ideas for new webcast topics and demos you'd like to see by commenting on this blog below. We'll let you know all the topics that make the cut - the more the better!

For now, here's some more information about the TechCast series, including the topics we've already got planned.

What is it?

A new series of six on-demand technical webcasts specifically for developers. Every 30-minute TechCast is expert-led and packed with new tips and tricks that add value to everything you do with COBOL.

Who should sign up?

COBOL developers ready to improve application development through modernization. 

What are the topics?

  1. Introducing Visual COBOL
  2. Upgrading from Net Express to Visual COBOL for Visual Studio
  3. Upgrading from Server Express to Visual COBOL for Eclipse
  4. Modernizing the COBOL UI experience
  5. From COBOL to a relational database - ISAM to RDBMS
  6. Fundamentals of Visual COBOL & .NET

Registration now open 

Does it rock?

It sure does. Your COBOL application can do way more than it currently does. Here is where the fun begins. #cobolrocks

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