Micro Focus COBOL

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A 32 bit implementation of COBOL introduced in 1992 that supported OS/2, Windows 3.x and DOS and was later ported to 32 bit Windows, there were also versions of the toolkit available for sundry Unices but they were typically sold separately and not bundled together like the Win-OS/2-DOS version was. Prior to the introduction of this product the Micro Focus company had supplied a 16 bit COBOL compiler to Microsoft that they used in the Microsoft Cobol product.

Versions

CP/M
  • 1980: CIS COBOL
DOS
  • 1983: Level II COBOL, Personal COBOL - for DOS 1.1
  • 1986: VS COBOL Workbench V 1.3 - for PC XT
  • 1987: VS COBOL Workbench V 2.0
  • VS COBOL 286 - for PC AT
OS/2
  • 1988: COBOL/2 Version 1.0, COBOL/2 Software Development Kit
  • 1988: COBOL/2 Version 1.1
  • 1990: COBOL/2 Version 2.4, COBOL/2 Toolset Version 2.4
  • 1991: COBOL/2 Version 2.5, COBOL/2 Workbench
  • 1994: COBOL/2 Version 3.2
  • 1995: COBOL Workbench 3.4
OS/2 32-bit
  • Jan 1996: COBOL Workbench v4.0, Object COBOL v4.0 (32-bit) for OS/2
Windows 3.x
  • Personal COBOL for Windows 3.1 - Version 1.0
Windows 95
  • Dec 1995: Visual Object COBOL 1.0
UNIX
  • Nov 1996: Object COBOL Developer Suite v4.1 for UNIX

IBM COBOL/2 and Microsoft COBOL Optimizing Compiler Version 3.0 (introduced in August 1988) are based on Micro Focus COBOL/2.

Author

Publications

  • Jatich: Micro Focus Workbench: Developing Mainframe COBOL Applications on the PC - Wiley 1992, ISBN 0-471-55611-4
  • David Dill: The COBOL Presentation Manager Programming Guide: For OS/2 Versions 1.3 and 2.0 - VNR 1992, ISBN 0-442-01293-4
  • Robert B. Chapman: OS/2 Presentation Manager Programming for COBOL Programmers (Revised edition) – Wiley 1993, ISBN 0-471-56140-1