Release 188.8.131.52) is available NOW! It's FREE to download and use for up to 1 year!
(We may not hold this offer open indefinitely...)
(It's to give you time to evaluate tests and formulate your Migration strategy without being pressed that the tool is about to expire...You can move from DEMO to a licensed copy at any time,
using our online store. Access it from RIFFLE)
Read more about the new package, including what you get "out of the box", on the download page, HERE!
If you are seriously considering a future for your PowerCOBOL investment, we can help you.
ALL of your existing COBOL business rules and functions can be easily salvaged and moved into the .NET environment. If you are an existing PowerCOBOL developer we are particularly interested to hear from you, as we continue to develop the migration kitset and add functionality to it.
If you are not familiar with OO COBOL or Visual Studio, the new tool does the heavy lifting for you and lets you acquire the basics very quickly. We have good tutorials and walkthroughs and we provide guidance and help as part of the basic support that comes with the kitset. We want your migration to be successful and we work with you to ensure that it is.
Whether you stay with COBOL or move to a transition into more modern languages, moving to .NET does NOT require you to make any more investment into COBOL infrastructure than you already have. You do not need a CIL generating compiler (COBOL for .NET), but if you already have one, you can use it to compile generated code-behind. The Fujitsu native code generating compiler (used for NetCOBOL and PowerCOBOL) is all you need to maintain your existing code in .NET (where it will run as native code, using InterOP Services of .NET), and, as a PowerCOBOL developer, you already have that.
However, we do intend to extend the code-behind classes generated by the Tool to be compilable as both managed (32/64 bit) or unmanaged (native code 32 bit only). If you wish to continue with COBOL you can move it into 64 bit .NET managed code, but you then may need to upgrade to a .NET (CIL) compiler.
If you move on from COBOL (or PowerCOBOL) the .NET compilers (C# and VB.Net) are a FREE download and they both support 64 bit managed (CIL) code-behinds.