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Conversion from MF COBOL to C

 
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sanfel_karan

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject: Conversion from MF COBOL to C
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Hi All,

I've been experiencing a great journey of learning with ibmmainframes.com. I've not posted any queries until now, but had lot of references from various forums. I THANK one and all especially the moderators and the owners for providing such a big forum of solutions and thoughts. icon_biggrin.gif

I've a requirement for our client who wants to convert their existing MF COBOL programs to C.

If there are any tools available or any procedure for such conversions, can anyone help me in this regards???

Thanks alot in anticipation.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject:
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Karan,
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I THANK one and all especially the moderators and the owners for providing such a big forum of solutions and thoughts

You are welcome.

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I've a requirement for our client who wants to convert their existing MF COBOL programs to C.

Google it. You will find many hits for this.
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priya_makkara

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply to: Conversion from MF COBOL to C
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Hi ,

Can you send your requirement so that I can tell you the suggestion.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Conversion from MF COBOL to C
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Can you send your requirement so that I can tell you the suggestion.


It looks that the main requirement was clear enough...
the main issue here is how to proceed,
have a clear vision of the function implemented in cobol and
the possibility of achieving the same in c
and ... ... ...

...the first thing that comes to mind is I/O related...
how to provide record oriented I/O consistent with the cobol approach
c as You know is stream oriented
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject:
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as enrico indicated, COBOL and C are two very different languages. I would not even try to convert the cobol to c on a program by program basis. I would analyze the processes and functions with a C (OO) perspective and create a new development plan.
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sanfel_karan

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Conversion from MF COBOL to C
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Thanks for all your suggestions.

As told by everyone, our initial thought was that - we will definitely have challenges in making this conversion so generic - we will have to take it pgm by pgm and make it..but we got some lead from one of the sources that there are tools available for such conversion - but not really sure about it...

To add to it, we also have some programs running in RF (Radio frequency mode) application with screens receiving the values through RF/barcode guns and the data getting trasmitted via RF network to the main database (Oracle). We are not pretty sure as to how to approach on this...if any one has some expertise in the above sense of requirements - please help.
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