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Chapter 1: Welcome

Welcome to Revolve, the most productive tool for analysing your legacy applications to ease and speed up the task of mantaining them. It reduces the cost and complexity of tasks ranging from everyday bug fixes to large-scale system refurbishment, by providing programmers with powerful inventory analysis features and comprehensive exploration tools.

1.1 Overview

Revolve analyses your legacy application to discover its structure, the files it uses, how and where data items are used, and many other details, and stores this analysis in a database, which you can interrogate through many different tools to produce diagrams, reports, and so on, to help you understand the application.

Revolve runs on Windows 95 and its successors such as Windows 98, and on Windows NT and Windows 2000. In this book, we simply say "Windows" to mean any of these operating systems.

1.2 The Documentation

All the documentation is online. You get to it from the Windows Start menu, or from Revolve's Help menu.

Only this Getting Started book is also supplied in printed form. This chapter gives a brief overview of Revolve, and the next chapter gives brief notes on installing. The rest of this book is a set of tutorials to help you get started quickly.

We assume you're familiar with COBOL, CICS and the Windows operating system you're using, but that you've never seen Revolve or any other MERANT software before.

We've also introduced a new way for you to send us comments about the documentation quickly and easily, from within the online books. To read about it, see the appendix Send Us Comments.

1.3 What's in Revolve?

The major parts of Revolve are:

1.4 Additional Software

Some non-MERANT software is supplied under license with Revolve:

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