We have been using Flexgrid with Dialog System for many years. We are currently using Visual Cobol with Dialog System. When we started rewriting our system in Managed code we are replacing FlexGrid with DevExpress XtraGrid.
I used to use the Far Point ActiveX controls with Dialog System a while ago. Those controls were acquired by Component One a few years ago.
I am trying to evaluate their "True DB Text 8.0" control but I am having some issues, I think because the eval has expired. I have asked them to extend the eval, but so far have not been successful in doing so.
The strange thing is, any control I try of theirs that is past the 30 day trial fails but other controls that I did not try, seem to be working.
I was hoping to find someone that knows for sure that the "True DB Text 8.0" control works in a Visual COBOL / Dialog System Environment before I commit to a purchase.
Dialog System is not perfect and "End of Live" and no future, but many customers continue to work with this tool. Here must Micro Focus help with good examples to pass facility to dotnet application/screenset in Visual Studio, also webinars.
Sometimes there are challenges using ActiveX controls with the dialog system - particularly native code, in getting your parameters into the right object format, without Micro Focus help we would not have been able to resolve them.
We use the Codejock controls extensively, so much so that Microsoft thought our interface was C++ (Long live COBOL).
If you are about to embark on a U, I I would not use the Dialog system, as already mentioned it's end of life and 32 bit only.
Another consideration when buying 3rd party controls - are they digitally signed? - important if you redistribute your product.