Modernizing COBOL Apps: 10 Reasons Why It's Important

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Modernizing COBOL Apps: 10 Reasons Why It's Important

by Darryl K. Taft

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About 5 billion lines of new COBOL code are added to live systems every year.

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There are still about 1.5 million to 2 million developers globally who work with COBOL code.

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13 Times a Day

It has been estimated that the average American relies on COBOL at least 13 times during the course of a routine day as they place phone calls, commute to and from work and use credit cards.

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More than Google

There are more than 200 times more transactions processed by COBOL applications than Google searches each day.

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Wide Variety of Uses

COBOL systems are responsible for transporting up to 72,000 shipping containers, caring for 60 million patients, processing 80 percent of point-of-sale transactions and connecting 500 million mobile phone users.

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The Cloud

COBOL is moving to the cloud. With its new Visual COBOL R3 solution, Micro Focus is extending COBOL functionality to the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud.

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COBOL workloads increasingly are being moved to Linux. While COBOL-to-Linux migration tools have been around for years, Micro Focus has launched a Visual COBOL Development Hub, which is a development tool for remote Linux and Unix servers.

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Integration with Java

As Java has become the dominant language in the enterprise, COBOL apps have increasingly been required to mingle with Java. Vendors are adding support for integrating COBOL with Java, including Micro Focus, with its Visual COBOL R3 solution, Meanwhile, Veryants vCOBOL Enterprise includes a COBOL compile, a portable Java-based run-time environment, an Eclipse-based IDE and more.

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The .NET Connection

With Java at one end of the enterprise spectrum and .NET at another, COBOL apps have also had to integrate with Microsofts .NET platform. Tools from Micro Focus and others help COBOL programmers work more easily on .NET.

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Tools of the Trade

As COBOL environments become more varied to run on different platforms, developers can use tools such as Microsofts Visual Studio or the Eclipse IDE to work with COBOL in a way that's intuitive to .NET and Java programmers.

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