Tutorials: Interface Mapping Toolkit

Includes tutorials that teach you how to use the Interface Mapping Toolkit (IMTK) using a demonstration COBOL application to create and access both SOAP and REST Web services, and a Java EJB service interface.
Restriction: This topic applies only when the Enterprise Server feature is enabled.
Restriction: This topic applies to Windows environments only.


These tutorials are written from the perspective that all of the following is true. Specific instructions for setting up your environment to adhere to these assumptions is found in the Before you begin a tutorial section that follows:

  • Windows File Explorer is set to show file names and extensions.
  • You are running the latest version of Micro Focus Visual COBOL, which has been installed on your local machine using default installation settings.
  • Visual COBOL is started on your local machine, and the appropriate Perspective and View are open..
  • Eclipse options are set to build projects automatically.
  • You have addressed all of the items in the Before you begin a tutorial section below.

Before you begin a tutorial

Set Windows File Explorer options
These tutorials assume that your Windows File Explorer options are set to use the Details layout, and to show file name extensions. See your Windows documentation for more information.
Start Visual COBOL
Start Visual COBOL using the default workspace, which is c:\users\username\workspace where username is your operating system login ID. If you need instructions to get Visual COBOL started on your local machine, see To start Visual COBOL.
Set Interface Mapper preferences
Before you begin the tutorials, you need to set the properties for the Interface Mapper to show both the Reusable Fields and COBOL Assignments panes. You use one or both of these panes while working through the tutorials.
  1. From the Main Menu in Eclipse, click Window > Preferences.
  2. Expand Micro Focus > Service Interfaces; then click Interface Mapper.
  3. Check both Show Reusable Fields pane and Show COBOL Assignments pane; then click Apply and Close.
    Note: If a Preference Synchronization dialog box appears, click No - Preferences will be saved locally.; then click OK.
Open the appropriate Perspective and View in Eclipse
When you start Visual COBOL for the first time, the COBOL perspective starts automatically by default, and shows the COBOL Explorer view. If this is not the case, open the COBOL perspective as follows:
  1. From the Eclipse IDE, click Open Perspective Open Perspective.
  2. On the Open Perspective dialog box, select COBOL, and then click OK.
Set Eclipse to build automatically
By default, the Eclipse Build Automatically option is turned on, which means that Eclipse builds a project automatically each time a change is made. To ensure that this Build Automatically is turned on:
  1. From the Eclipse Main Menu, click Project.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If the Build Automatically menu option has a check mark to its left, it is already turned on. No further action is required.
    • If the Build Automatically menu option does not have a check mark to its left, click the option to turn it on.


You may do these IMTK tutorials in any order. They are not interdependent.