Features Added in Visual COBOL 2.1 Update 1

Note: There are differences between the variants of Enterprise Developer you might have installed. Enterprise Developer Personal Edition provides a development environment that supports analysis, editing and syntax checking of COBOL and mainframe programs outside of the mainframe environment. It does not, however, support off-mainframe debugging, unit testing, or building of projects. To build, debug, and execute the demonstration application, you need Enterprise Developer.

Compiler Directives

You can now set SQL Compiler directives and their values more easily, using a grid in a project’s Properties dialog box.


  • Support for DB2 10.1
  • New DB2 SQL compiler directive option, BGP, to enable background parsing.

Enterprise Server

The following new features and enhancements are available:

COBOL Server Clustering allows the scaling-out of work units, so that an increased number of operating system images can share the workload, resulting in high-performance, multi-system data sharing across all platforms.
Historical Statistics Facility
The Historical Statistics Facility has been extended to include the generation of JCL file records, increasing the amount of information customers have available to assist them in monitoring and tuning their COBOL Server installations.
Recovery of in-doubt XA transactions
Some events in XA environments can result in ‘in-doubt’ transactions, where all parts of a composite transaction are not committed through all participating resource managers. The recovery of such in-doubt transactions is now supported.
SSL Support for the CICS Web Interface
COBOL Server now allows clients and servers to identify themselves through X.509 certificates and participate in SSL-enabled conversations.


  • Support for 64-bit compile and runtime
  • Support for DB2 10.1
  • New DB2 SQL compiler directive option, BGP, to enable background parsing.

Mainframe Compatibility

is compatible with IBM System zEC12 mainframe hardware and later.


You can create a breakpoint for any program in the workspace that your application uses by clicking Run > Add Program Breakpoint, or clicking the icon in the Breakpoints view, and entering the name of the file.