isCOBOL Improves Internet App Development, Adds Eclipse Galileo Support

isCOBOL Server can run as a Windows Service

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Veryant announced the newest release of its isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) for developing, deploying, and modernizing COBOL applications. isCOBOL offers users the ability to continue programming in COBOL, and at the same time modernize and deploy applications across multiple platforms in an open Java framework.

The new version of isCOBOL continues the option of using Eclipse as an integrated development environment (IDE). This enables developers to perform code editing as well as integrated and remote debugging with the ability to debug COBOL and Java together. The isCOBOL IDE now supports Eclipse Galileo, so developers taking advantage of updates in the latest version of Eclipse can develop isCOBOL programs in the same framework.

In isCOBOL 2010, improvements have been made to rich Internet application (RIA) development, especially in enhancing the appearance of COBOL applications running on mobile devices such as iPhone and Android systems. Developers can now use CSS styles for GUI controls to customize screens for targeted mobile devices and browsers. A quick preview capability was also added. Now, RIA GUIs developed using isCOBOL Web Direct 2.0 can be viewed inside of the isCOBOL IDE with the click of a button, as done with standalone and thin client GUIs. This enhances developer productivity and eliminates the need to install a separate Java Server, such as Apache Tomcat, to preview end-user environments.

Many Veryant customers deploy COBOL applications in a thin-client computing model. Now isCOBOL Server can run as a Windows Service on Windows servers, so it can be installed as a service, started up automatically, and run in the background. This makes it easier to use a Windows server when deploying thin-client GUIs with isCOBOL. General isCOBOL Server administration has also been improved. For example, server startup has been simplified and developers can use a single command to launch a thin client with the debugger.

Two ISAM file systems and the thin-client deployment capabilities enabled by isCOBOL Server are included with the isCOBOL Runtime Environment. Veryant does not penalize customers for changing platforms. The Java-enabled portability of the products in isCOBOL APS and customer applications is enhanced by the portability of the isCOBOL license: buy once, compile, and run anywhere.

isCOBOL APS 2010 is available immediately. Visit www.veryant.com/2010 for more details.