Micro Focus Empowers Non-COBOL Devs for Mainframe Modernization

This month, Micro Focus shipped a remote option to cut time and expense of building or maintaining Micro Focus COBOL applications.  Micro Focus Server Express RDO’s comes with an Eclipse IDE, and will support the entire edit-compile-debug cycle  to allow Java, SOA and other non-COBOL devs to work on mainframe modernization projects.

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istock_000007342912medium_hi_02Micro Focus has launched a full-featured remote option to allow devs to cut time and expense of building or maintaining Micro Focus COBOL applications, while improving accuracy of their work product.  

Micro Focus Server Express RDO’s comes with an Eclipse IDE, and will support the entire edit-compile-debug cycle  to allow Java, SOA and other non-COBOL devs to work on mainframe modernization projects.   It will be deployed on UNIX and Linux servers.

Micro Focuses Server Express (RDO) allows customers to keep their COBOL programs and source-code on the target server, letting them avoid the need to transfer code between a development environment and the UNIX / Linux server where they test and run the application.

Micro Focus’ Server Express RDO offering reflects the critical need to help organizations “debug and test applications in an environment that is as close to production as possible,” said Peter Anderton, Micro Focus’ product solutions director for application development in a statement. Development projects that took several days can now be finished in “mere hours, with customers seeing tenfold productivity gains in the development process,” he said.  

Micro Focus’ Server Express RDO helps mainframe modernization workers avoid costly and painful trade-offs,  Anderton added.  In the past, Micro Focus’, companies would need to sacrifice using tools when that platform was UNIX or Linux.  Server Express RDO lets devs be more productive because their programs stay on the target server, they use local databases and services, and can use the Eclipse IDE, he said.
 
Inside Productivity of
Micro Focus Server Express RDO

Micro Focus Server Express RDO approach to supporting the entire edit-compile-debug cycle on Linux or UNIX servers offers several advantages, the company said. Among them:

  • <LI> The fully integrated, COBOL sensitive development environment quickly ramps the productivity and skill sets of COBOL and non-COBOL developers.
  • Standard Eclipse functionality allows the re-use of existing Eclipse skills and enables non-COBOL developers to quickly develop and modernize existing COBOL assets.
  • Source code stays on the target environment removing time-consuming source control activities.
  • Debugging occurs on the target environment making full use of the server-based systems such as databases or middleware while the development environment runs at full speed on the local workstation.
  • Lightweight deployment combined with the centralized “update site” reduces the overall cost of ownership.


As to how it works, the Micro Focus Server Express RDO’s lightweight client plug-ins for Eclipse communicate with the Remote Development Server (RDS). In turn, the RDS uses the COBOL server and Server Express functionality to execute builds and provide debug services while source code remains on the server, accessed via the Eclipse IDE. Server Express RDO uses a single application interface throughout the edit-compile-debug process, eliminating the requirement of learning to navigate multiple interfaces.

More Mainframe Lifecycle Tools from Micro Focus
Micro Focus also launched four new tools to let devs develop, analyze and test high quality code, and integrated them with Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2010.

The latest mainframe tools include:

Micro Focus COBOL, which lets devs take advantage of existing enterprise applications on the Microsoft platform.


Micro Focus Silk4J, which brings the test automation functions to Visual Studio 2010.


Micro Focus DevPartner Studio, a suite which lets devs debug, analyze, test and tune applications, and gives them more visibility into the inner workings of applications developed within Visual Studio 2010.


Micro Focus Analyzer Express for Visual Studio, which helps devs speed up day-to-day maintenance.




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