What is COBOL?

COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) was developed in 1959 and, since then, has been used as the basis for many business and government applications. Reports show that over 80% of the world's business applications run on COBOL with billions of lines of code written already and billions more being written annually.

Micro Focus has been the provider and market leader of distributed COBOL development tooling for over 40 years. Micro Focus's COBOL has evolved and today it differs significantly from the COBOL language of 1959, embracing object-orientation and enabling you to write code that takes full advantage of new operating systems and platforms such as Microsoft's .NET framework, .NET Core, and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

This product Help includes the following resources to help you learn and use COBOL: