isCOBOL Evolve

COBOL development + Java deployment = simplified software distribution and accelerated innovation

Many refinements in the new release of isCOBOL Evolve.

isCOBOL Evolve 2018 Release 2 is now available

Veryant is pleased to announce the latest release of isCOBOL™ Evolve, isCOBOL Evolve 2018 R2.

The newest isCOBOL Evolve brings refinements to GUI controls, to the IDE and debugger, and adds support for Asian markets.

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Release highlights

  • Improvements in the IDE and Debugger
  • GUI controls enhancements
  • Upgraded EIS
  • Framework improvements
  • isCOBOL Compiler enhancements
  • isCOBOL Debugger enhancements

Improvements in the IDE and Debugger

The isCOBOL 2018 R2 IDE improves the Editor by showing useful additional information to COBOL developers, and improves the usability of existing features.
The "Properties" window now shows information such as the list of Copy files used, the list of called programs, and the list of invoked classes.
The improved Hyperlink feature jumps to variables and control's declarations just by hovering on the variable name, and clicking when the mouse cursor turns to a hand shape.
Compilation of a program can now be started even when one of its copy files is opened, without requiring the source file to be opened.
The Export to Android wizard now has an option to show or hide the application's title bar.

GUI controls enhancements

The GRID control has been enhanced with the automatic search and filter features. Searching is enabled by default, and can be disabled on a specific grid using the NO-SEARCH style. The new FILTERABLE-COLUMN style name is now supported on grids to allow data filtering based on column content. When activated, a popup window will show every distinct occurrence of the column values, allowing the user to choose one or more values to use for filtering.

Screen sections are now dynamic, allowing controls or entire screens to be added and removed at runtime to another screen section or group-level control.

Other minor improvements in the GUI controls have been implemented in the isCOBOL 2018 R2 release.

Upgraded EIS

The isCOBOL EIS features have been improved in several areas, such as the HTTPHandler class, WD2 routines, and the Stream2Wrk utility.
New methods have been implemented to allow access to core servlet container classes to ease the interoperation with other web solutions. isCOBOL programs can now access HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse and HttpServletSession objects.

Framework improvements

The new release features a modeless print preview window, allowing multiple print jobs to open multiple preview windows.
isCOBOL 2018 R2 features a new audit feature, which builds on top of the I/O Trigger file technology, and allows COBOL developers to add logging on all I/O operations without source code modifications.
Auditing can be easily configured with a GUI tool, and auditing can be triggered on specific users, operations and files.
Additionally, the auditing feature is written in isCOBOL, and is provided as source code, making it easy to customize for any environment and use case.
Serveral enhancements have been implemented to provide improved compatibility with other COBOL dialects.

isCOBOL Compiler enhancements

isCOBOL Evolve 2018 R2 implements new compiler options and new syntax to better support COBOL applications that use DBCS (Double Byte Character Strings) such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean, without Unicode encoding.
Now, when compiling COBOL programs or COBOL classes, referenced classes will now be compiled automatically.
Standard system input (sysin) and output (sysout) can now be mapped to disk files using compiler or configuration properties.

isCOBOL Debugger enhancements

The isCOBOL Debugger has been greatly enhanced, with new features aimed at increasing developers productivity, such as a new debugger command, easier code navigation and more.
The debugger will now show, in the line number column, the souce file name of the line being debugged, a great help when debugging large programs with many source and copy files.
To simplify jumping to a given paragraph or variable definition, the hyperlink feature has been introduced, which works just like its Editor counterpart.


Additional details on these and additional features and advances in isCOBOL 2018 R2 can be found in the isCOBOL Evolve 2018 Release 2 Overview


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