You can use the Micro Focus COBOL extension to compile COBOL (both native and JVM COBOL) source files that include the .cobolBuild project file created with either Visual COBOL or Enterprise Developer for Eclipse.
The extension auto-generates build tasks for each .cobolBuild file found.
This has the following requirements:
You need to specify the installation location of the Micro Focus product you have as Micro Focus COBOL: Install Location in the Micro Focus COBOL extension settings.
If a folder opened in Visual Studio Code contains the .cobolBuild project file, the Micro Focus COBOL extension will automatically generate a task for compiling the project via Ant. You can manually configure the build task, if required.
To compile COBOL sources:
This shows the Task Picker with the supplied build task:
The build output is displayed in the Terminal window. Any errors are underlined with red squiggly lines in the editor.
Optionally, you can configure the build task as follows:
This loads the tasks.json file for your sources in the editor.