VisualAge COBOL

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IBM's COBOL development environment introduced in 1995 for OS/2 and AIX as "VisualAge for COBOL" with a Windows NT version following shortly thereafter and the for bit dropped from the name. In addition to native OS/2 programming "Enterprise" versions of the software could be used for developing MVS executables and the later z/OS variant, the compiler is nearly 100% "IBM Enterprise COBOL" compatible.

VA COBOL offered a visual design and testing environment similar to the VisualAge C++ v4 and VisualAge Smalltalk products

Versions

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OS/2
  • Nov 1995: VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 1.1
    • CSD/FixPak 1 for IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2, Version 1 Release 1
  • 1996: VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 1.2
    • CSD/FixPak 2 for IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2, Version 1 Release 2
  • May 1997: VisualAge COBOL for OS/2 2.0
  • Sep 1997: VisualAge for COBOL Version 2.1
  • Apr 1998: VisualAge COBOL 2.2
Windows
  • May 1997: VisualAge for COBOL Version 2.0
  • Sep 1997: VisualAge for COBOL Version 2.1
  • Apr 1998: VisualAge COBOL Enterprise Version 2.2
  • 2000: VisualAge COBOL for Windows NT, Version 3.0 (5639-I44)
    • 3.0.1 - support for Windows 2000
    • 3.0.2 -
    • 3.0.3 - FFS performance improved
    • 3.0.5 - IBM Distributed Debugger enhanced
    • 3.0.6 - LPEX fixes
    • 3.0.7 - support for Windows XP
withdrawn in 2006 - replacement: WebSphere Developer for zSeries (5724-L44)
AIX
  • Nov 1995: (VisualAge) COBOL Set for AIX V1 (5765-548)

Publications

IBM RedBooks
  • SG24-4606 - IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 Object-Oriented Programming
  • SG24-6111 - IBM VisualAge COBOL; Remote Edit/Compile/Debug
  • SG24-4733 - Host/Workstation Client/Server Implementation Using VisualAge COBOL on OS/2, AIX, and MVS

Links

  • Screenshots of IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 Version 1 Release 1
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