We've come a long way since then...
Today, Transformation is performed automatically against any number of controls on a Form. A provided "GUI Support" Class applies the required actions requested by the transformed code, on the new Windows Forms controls.
PRIMA is a small company and we have limited resources to provide support for ALL the POSSIBLE PowerCOBOL controls, so we chose to support the most used ones. The table below shows what is supported "out-of-the-box", but remember that it is possible to ADD further support if you need it. (Only registered copies can be enhanced.)
|PCOB2NET Version: 188.8.131.52+ - Implemented controls/objects/functions|
|Sheet||Form||100%||MAIN and SUB-Forms are supported. "Caption" becomes "Text" automatically.|
|Arrays||Arrays of Controls||100%||ListView Arrays are NOT currently supported|
|COBOL CALL||passed through||100%||Support is provided for both static and dynamic CALLs.|
|COBOL COPY||pre-processed by the tool||100%||#INCLUDE is passed through to NetCOBOL.|
(We recommend replacing all grid type PowerCOBOL controls with this, and the tool can do it automatically for you.)
|it's here now!
You have the option, at no cost to you. Go with DGV (much richer and "future proof") or stay with the old controls.
|This control provides advanced list and cell manipulation.
(It can optionally replace List Box, List View, and Table controls.) DGV supports icons, Data binding, and checkboxes for ALL of the above. It also supports "Numeric(a)" columns and supports the PowerCOBOL "EnsureVisible" method.
|Embedded SQL (ESQL)||passed through||100%||The PowerCOBOL database and ADO controls are currently not implemented and would need CUSTOM* support.|
|EVENTS||see "Wiring", below||100%||The WinForm recognizes and responds to the SAME events as the PCOB sheet|
|EXTERNAL||Shared objects||100%||Fields are shared automatically across Forms|
|Form manipulation||Form handling||100%||OPENFORM, CALLFORM, and CLOSEFORM are fully supported as in PowerCOBOL.|
|Flat file support||passed through||100%|
|ISAM file support||passed through||100%||you can migrate these files to an optimized 3NF RDB with another part of the Migration toolset.|
|List Box||ListBox||70%||icons are not supported (see DGV, above)
We recommend upgrading to DGV which is 100%
|70%||Standard reporting modes are supported. For manipulations with headings/sorting/edits etc., we recommend DataGridView (see above).Numeric(a) fields are handled as strings.* "EnsureVisibility" method is not implemented.|
|MCI||CUSTOM*||5%||Control is recognised but not supported.|
|Procedures (NON-event)||passed through||100%||NE procedures become methods in the new code-behind.|
|SQL Host Variables||SQL||100%||EXTERNAL HVs are shared across Forms if required.|
|TAB||TabControl||100%||Needs manual help during Form Design.|
|Table||TableLayoutPanel||50%||May require further CUSTOM* GUI Support.|
|Third Party Controls||Same control in WinForms. (COM/ActiveX)||100%||Attributes and methods of the TPC are handled by the PRIMA GuiSupport Class in .Net. Functionality under PowerCOBOL and .Net is identical.|
|Tool Bar||ToolStrip||50%||May require further CUSTOM* GUI Support.|
|Tree View/Nodes||TreeView||60%||Control is recognised and Nodes are treated as Foreign Objects, but will require further CUSTOM* GUI Support.|
|Wiring for events||Windows wiring||100%||The tool detects all PowerCOBOL events and wires support for them into the generated WinForm.|