I am undertaking a new assignment of converting COBOL to JAVA programs.
Can any one who has worked on a previous conversion project help me out by suggesting some tools/methods or share their experience.
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I cannot fathom why anyone would want to do this. Within the confines of the COBOL language, COBOL is a far superior language than Java. Possibly, in the hands of an experienced Java programmer, the Java program could be more efficient, but the COBOL program is much more maintainable. (Unless you are looking for Job Security by being the only programmer that understands what the program does).
But for your question; I would not even attempt to ?convert? COBOL to Java, meaning looking at the COBOL code and writing Java code. Look at each COBOL program, write a detailed specification document of what the program does (something many organizations do not have), and then write your Java program from these Specs.
As for any migration one needs to do home work before starting any coding. You can take one process and collect all inventory regarding this. For example number of programes of the process. As JAVA and cobol differ in thinking/design so you need to design corresponding object oriented approach for each cobol program.
Please plan according and keep account of all the information otherwise things will get worse as you move further.