Modernizing IDMS and ADS/O Systems

CA-IDMS… one of the top mainframe software development and database systems from years gone by. ADS/O for the screens, IDMS calls for database operations.  Good stuff, if you know how to use it.  Compare to Model 204 (also known as M204), Software AG Natural and ADABAS, CA-Datacom (IDEAL and Datacom/DB), and MAPPER on the Unisys mainframes.More productive than straight COBOL, but not as powerful as the true 4GL environments like Focus...

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Micro Focus COBOL Modernization – Deal or No Deal

When people ask me about Micro Focus COBOL Modernization, I’m always at a bit of a loss as to how to respond. First, is the question about moving off the mainframe and switching out the mainframe COBOL (such as Unisys COBOL or IBM COBOL) for the Micro Focus product? Or is the question related to getting rid of the customer’s existing Micro Focus COBOL and replacing it with a Java or .NET application? I’ve found that either...

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COTS Software

We get a number of inquiries about Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) software. The reasons vary: some want to know if we can modernize the COTS software they are using, and the answer to that is “Yes”. Some want to know if we can modernize their existing software, saving them from the expense and disruption of buying and installing a COTS software package – and the answer to that also is “Yes”. Some organizations who...

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Better Java Code Generation

Because we write a lot of code very quickly, sometimes people conclude that Java code generation is responsible for the speed we achieve.  And, in a way they’re right, although often people have in mind the old style code generators of the 70’s when they say that. This is not your father’s code generator. When we built our technology, we knew there are two things people hate about code generators: first, they write low quality...

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The Contractor Silo Problem

Let’s suppose that you have a large system you’d like to redo for the web. You could get it translated, but you don’t want the likely performance and maintainability problems associated with wholesale line-by-line translation. In fact, you don’t even want the new system to look like the old one: you want slick graphics, customized and stylish menus, drop downs, radio buttons… the works. In other words, you want to...

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