NetCOBOL for Linux FAQs
What are the main benefits of NetCOBOL for Linux x64 over other COBOL offerings on Linux?
NetCOBOL for Linux x64 has been created using well-proven technology, both in the front-end with the NetCOBOL syntax processing and the back-end with many parts of the Intel architecture code generator applying to the Linux product. The main benefits this technology brings are:
- Proven reliability
- Highly optimized object code
In addition to these technical benefits, NetCOBOL for Linux x64 also offers a significant business benefit:
- No run-time license fees.
How do I obtain the license file to enable my NetCOBOL for Linux x64 product?
Provide the information requested on the NetCOBOL for Linux Product Registration page.
How easy is it to port applications to NetCOBOL for Linux x64 from other environments?
The answer to this question really depends on two factors in the application code:
- Whether the syntax used is standard ANSI COBOL or includes only those IBM, Micro Focus or NetCOBOL (previously called Fujitsu COBOL) syntax extensions that are supported by NetCOBOL for Linux x64.
- Whether the applications have extensive screen interactions.
Applications that use NetCOBOL supported syntax and have no or little screen interaction should port very easily to NetCOBOL for Linux x64.
Applications that have extensive screen interactions may take more effort to port. Depending on the design and purpose of the applications, they may be able to transition to becoming Web-based applications using CGI, or take on new graphical user interfaces using a more GUI focused language while preserving the main business logic in COBOL. GT Software also offers a service that can help enable screen applications to a proprietary interface that supports the functionality of those original screen driven programs and also extends their capabilities.