Micro Focus® developer tools


The precision and efficiency of COBOL, combined with new technology’s power and flexibility

The RM® product set comprises a rich product suite of integrated tools that enables developers to maintain a single set of source code as RM/COBOL applications are deployed across different platforms and operating systems.

RM/COBOL provides a platform to integrate and modernize COBOL applications. Core business applications can be truly distributed across the enterprise as RM/COBOL separates the presentation and logic layers of existing applications. This means that different interface technologies are able to access the same application and data.

The future for the Micro Focus portfolio of COBOL products is driven by two objectives:

  1. To create the best development environment for business applications.

  2. To make it easy for all COBOL developers to move to the best development environment

RM/COBOL users have a range of options.

Continue to use RM/COBOL

RM/COBOL is a stable high performance platform for a large number of COBOL applications which provides a familiar environment for developers to maintain and improve applications written in RM/COBOL. 

RM/COBOL v12 continues to be supported and the scheduled program of maintenance releases will ensure that RM/COBOL applications continue to work faultlessly.

Move towards modern COBOL

For organizations that want to modernize applications written in RM/COBOL, Visual COBOL is the most productive and powerful COBOL environment in the industry. It is also easy to learn. The portability of COBOL, together with its built-in high levels of compatibility, means that RM/COBOL applications can take full advantage of the latest tools, the most modern UI technologies and the latest platforms.

Windows Object Workshop (WOW) Extensions™ is an easy-to-use, integrated development environment that supports screen design, coding, compiling, and testing in a modern visual environment, making COBOL coding easier than ever.

WOW Extensions provide seamless integration between COBOL and Windows, giving COBOL applications full access to Windows capabilities. By harnessing the power of the Windows API, WOW Extensions provide an outstanding opportunity to add special features to a user interface.  A visual approach simplifies interactive applications building, and makes it easy to integrate existing program logic with Windows events.

Download: WOW Datasheet | Product Trial

For RM/COBOL users using WOW UI technology, Micro Focus has teamed up with the creators of the WOW Technology, England Technical Services, to provide a conversion service to convert RM/COBOL applications that use WOW into elegant, maintainable COBOL using the latest .NET UI technology WPF, giving all the benefits of a modern UI with minimal effort.

Xcentrisity® Business Information Server (BIS) is a web server environment that manages application sessions and makes them available via any web browser, or other web user agent that is granted access to the BIS server.

Xcentrisity BIS helps IT organizations to distribute their applications across platforms, operating systems and the Internet with a minimum of programming and maintenance. It gives application developers the capability to build Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications that incorporate legacy business data and logic, freely mixed with the latest web languages and tools.

Building on the power of XML as the foundation of connectivity, together with industry standard web servers such as Microsoft IIS and Apache, BIS offers application developers a unique opportunity to build state-of-the-art browser-based Web Applications or SOAP-based Web Services comprising COBOL programs and COBOL data files and databases.

Download: Xcentrisity Datasheet

For RM/COBOL users who have made extensive use of Xcentrisity BIS and want to modernize applications, the powerful Web Services product is now available in Visual COBOL.

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extend – suite of software solutions to modernize COBOL applications

Visual COBOL – the rich development environment for COBOL on Windows

Instant SQL – simplifies using relational databases from within your RM/COBOL application

Relativity – retools data from Micro Focus or RM/COBOL applications as a full-featured relational database

RM/COBOL runtime – maintains a single source and object code while deploying applications across open client/server platforms

RM/InfoExpress – optimizes shared access to remote RM/COBOL data files across the network