Creating a Project

The first step in creating an application is to create an Eclipse project. You are going to create a local project as you will develop and run the application on your machine.

To do this:

  1. Launch Visual COBOL. Specify a path for the Eclipse workspace when prompted.

    If this is the first time you start Eclipse, the IDE displays the Eclipse Welcome page. Click Open COBOL Perspective which is the default perspective in Visual COBOL.

    If the IDE does not start in the COBOL perspective, to change to it, click Window > Perspective > Open Perspective > Other, click COBOL, and then click Open.

    Perspectives are an Eclipse concept and they include the views, menus and options relevant to your activity. The COBOL perspective shows the COBOL Explorer, Outline, and Console views, among others. The perspective is customizable, so you can choose your own views.

  2. Select File > New > COBOL Project.

    The New COBOL Project dialog box is displayed.

  3. In the Project name field, type tictac.
  4. By default, the project will be created in the workspace that you selected when you started the Eclipse session. You can change this by un-checking Use default location and selecting a different location.
  5. Click Finish.
You have now created a COBOL project and it is displayed in the COBOL Explorer view.