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In the posts below, learn why we firmly believe COBOL is the irreplaceable legacy language of the mainframe. COBOL has proven to be the most effective solution for powerful enterprise applications like those found on the mainframe. The security and reliability found in this legacy language is what enables mainframe applications to function as well as they do for as long as they’ve proven they can–literally for decades at a time.

Considering the power highly-complex and carefully plotted mainframe applications provide organizations, it makes more sense to maintain them and innovate them with modernized mainframe development tools and processes found in Agile and DevOps processes, rather than attempting to re-platform them.

Organizations have the power to adopt new methodologies and approaches to what seems like an archaic, obsolete language, including such processes as the two-week sprint. Leveraging the reliability and efficiency of COBOL in a new development and delivery framework is the epitome of mainframe modernization, and has proven to be the best and most economical way forward for enterprises on the mainframe.

Tips for a Smooth COBOL 5.1 Migration

By | October 8th, 2014|COBOL|

Photo credit: Dan Davison Some mainframe sites have already initiated projects to migrate to IBM COBOL 5.1 in hopes of reaping the millions of dollars in CPU savings that come along with the compiler, the first to truly exploit the System z architecture. Other sites are deep into [...]

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What’s Keeping You from COBOL 5.1?

By | September 22nd, 2014|COBOL|

Credit: Peter Smithson With the release of COBOL 5.1, IBM has finally delivered a compiler that fully exploits the advantages of System z architecture.  As a result, IT organizations recompiling their code in COBOL 5.1 can run their existing mainframe applications with 10-20% less CPU utilization.  That can [...]

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How to Know When Code is Complex, Part 3: Using the McCabe Complexity Metric

By | April 29th, 2014|COBOL|

The McCabe Complexity Metric, as discussed in my last post, relates to the number of decision points (points where the logic path splits) in a section of code.  When used along with the Halstead Metric, the McCabe Metric can help you objectively assess and compare the complexity of new programs [...]

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Tools and Tricks for Jumping into a Pool of Unknown Code

By | March 14th, 2014|COBOL|

Many developers have found themselves in this potentially challenging and frustrating situation: taking over someone else’s code project. Where to begin? In a recent Q & A session on the Programmers Stack Exchange, this question was explored: “What tools and techniques do you use for exploring and learning an unknown [...]

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How to know when code is complex

By | February 13th, 2014|COBOL|

“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” This quote has been attributed to different people, from Albert Einstein to Pete Seeger. Whatever the origin, I think it really applies to code. When given a task to accomplish developers should all be able [...]

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Shamed out of my Blackberry, but what about COBOL?

By | January 28th, 2013|COBOL|

My co-workers have been lovingly teasing me for months (or has it been a year?) about my continued use of a Blackberry. But this phone does what I need to do: make/receive phone calls and read/send emails. I tell them I don’t care; at least I didn’t until the other [...]

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Growing Mainframe Talent Locally

By | August 15th, 2012|COBOL|

As we’ve blogged about many times before, the IT industry is facing a mainframe skills shortage in the not-too-distant future. And for some companies, the future is now. According to a recent survey by Computerworld, 22 percent of COBOL programmers are aged 55 and older. And, some 50 percent are [...]

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