Release 3 is available NOW! You need to Download Release 2 from the download point. Install it, and register it. We will upgrade you to Release 3 (which includes support for Third Party Controls and automatic upgrade of grid type controls (Table, Text Box, ListView) to WinForms DataGridView, if you want it..Download is currently FREE! Registration is $50. You can experiment with an unregistered copy, but you cannot upgrade it.
(You can move from DEMO to a licensed copy at any time,
using our online store. Access it from RIFFLE. You can cleanly UNINSTALL our software using the standard facilities provided
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 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.
Our tools allow the native code generated by these compilers to run properly in the .Net environment.
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.
Access to these compilers and languages is a major advantage in moving away from PowerCOBOL.