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Visual COBOL

The leading COBOL application development, deployment, and modernization solution for distributed systems.


Visual COBOL® provides COBOL development and integration tools – in your choice of Visual Studio or Eclipse – that offer programmers an unrivaled development experience. Use Visual COBOL to help your AppDev teams work better together and deliver new functionality faster to your business users.

Visual COBOL 6.0

Introducing the next chapter of COBOL Innovation – Visual COBOL 6.0. This latest release delivers NEW automated code refactoring tools designed for Micro Focus COBOL applications. Now, quickly reduce application complexity within monolithic systems and expose key business rules as REST APIs using the Micro Focus web services framework and deploy to the Cloud. Visual COBOL 6.0 also provides even greater platform choice for COBOL application deployment using Ubuntu and CentOS Linux distributions.

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Compile COBOL applications to Java

Compile COBOL applications to Java byte code for deployment within the Java Virtual Machine.

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Compile COBOL applications to .NET

Use Visual COBOL to compile directly to Microsoft intermediate language for deployment within Microsoft .NET.

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Fully featured COBOL editor

Also includes an integrated COBOL debug experience.

Native code generator

Visual COBOL includes a native code generator for the leading Enterprise platforms, including Windows, Linux on Intel, Linux on Power, Linux on z systems, AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX.

Mixed-language support

Integrate COBOL with C/C++, C#, VB.NET, Java, and more.

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RDBMS support

Visual COBOL includes RDBMS support for Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and open source databases, including PostgreSQL.

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Support for virtualized, container, and cloud environments

Visual COBOL supports COBOL deployment to industry-standard frameworks such as Docker, Kubernetes, Amazon AWS, and integrated support for the Microsoft Azure SDK.

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COBOL refactoring

Instantly isolate and extract business rules and data within your COBOL application and deploy to any API or services infrastructure.

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Advanced diagnostics tools

Visual COBOL includes easy-to-use tools including patented reversible debugging aids for RHEL Intel systems.

    Case Studies

    APRA AMCOS tunes up application performance to take on explosive growth in digital streaming market.

    COBOL deployment using Docker streamlines cloud delivery, time-to-market, and DevOps practices.

    Successfully bridging the old with the new to gain competitive ad-vantage through trusted COBOL solutions.

    Ready to Innovate?

    The Visual COBOL Azure DevOps and Serverless Computing Walkthrough.

    Visual COBOL data sheet

    Visual COBOL Solution brochure

    Visual COBOL: A Developer's Guide to Modern COBOL

    This new Micro Focus eBook is written for the COBOL, Java and .NET developer. Your mission: Start a new era of innovation powered by modern tools that bridge COBOL systems to the world of Java and .NET
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