PRIMA News - what's going on at PRIMA

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PRIMA Computing - What's happening?

* - We are reviewing, extending and consolidating our current product range.
* - The problem of migrating PowerCOBOL forms and scriptlets is being addressed.

This is the focus of all our efforts currently and we are in the home straight. A commercial Release of this software is slated for August 2017.

All of the previous "pre-release" information is now superseded and a complete set of new videos will be released with the tool.

The free downloads of release 1 are no longer available, but people who downloaded the trial will be eligible for an extended trial of Release 2 and, in some cases, a free upgrade.


    (The PowerCOBOL Migration Tool (PCOB2NET) can AUTOMATICALLY take your PowerCOBOL Projects and turn them into Windows Forms which run in .Net.
ALL of your existing COBOL Scriptlets are salvaged and refactored into full COBOL code-behinds that drive the new Forms. You can also mix code in other languages with the COBOL, or replace the COBOL if you want to.
If you currently use Fujitsu PowerCOBOL and are looking for a modernization path, you really should check out this product.)

There will be some unlimited trials available for download at the time the product is released. Register now and you will be notified.

* - Remote Application Validation (RAV) has been integrated into all our package products. This means we can allow individually tailored DEMOs. You can try our products for individually agreed periods/runs. If you develop software for sale to others you should take a look at RAV as a product to protect and monitor the use of your software. It is deployed all over the world and has never failed.
* - Our Web presence is being refurbished and the COBOL21 and PRIMA sites are being combined. We have moved from the traditional web style UI to a more modern Windows tiled (Metro) interface. This has necessarily been a lower priority task but we have decided to complete the web site in time for the launch of Release 2 of the PowerCOBOL migration.
* - The option to generate Data Access Layer objects in C# and LINQ has been developed and tested. This functionality is available as a separate tool and can be purchased as an option with the Toolset. This layer uses exactly the same interface as the existing COBOL/ESQL objects and can be invoked from COBOL or any other language that supports the Component Object Model (COM). Using LINQ removes the requirement for COBOL to access RDBs with ODBC and tests have shown the LINQ DAL objects perform up to 5 times faster than the ESQL objects.  You can try it for yourself; details here...

Here are some new or "arriving soon" items on the site:


The Migration Toolset (brings Legacy COBOL into .Net) has been extended and enhanced. The original limited DAO technology has been upscaled and replaced with SMO, so much larger (and more complex) COBOL record definitions can be handled. The "Preferred" RDBMS is still SQL Server but PRIMA will quote for any RDBMS you prefer. A full set of videos showing all aspects of the Migration approach are now available for viewing or downloading online. The video presentation has been streamlined and simplified, some videos have been changed. [see the videos]

As well as the Migration Toolset, PRIMA provides a number of other software packages and services. The new website covers this, and we are looking at new "departments" which will discuss our approaches and give background on the software and services we are offering.


The COBOL21 site was originally developed to encourage and inform COBOL programmers about salvaging Legacy COBOL by refactoring it into objects. It covers things of interest to COBOL people and it provides free tools, components, tutorials and overviews, plus code samples. You are freely invited to contribute to any area of this site.  Send your contribution (code snippets, hints for COBOL, etc.) to Pete. A blog section will be added soon where you can interact with comments and suggestions.

The COBOL21 part of the web site is closely connected with the comp.lang.cobol Usenet Newsgroup and is intended to be used by anyone having to deal with COBOL code. Everything on the COBOL21 pages is FREE!

Right now!

Work is proceeding on this web site and new facilities are being considered, designed and built.

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