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vidyakrishna

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:09 am    Post subject: Free Cobol compiler for Windows
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Hi......
I am planning to practice cobol in winows7.I installed ms cobol in my PC but it s throwing compatability error.And says you need 64bit cobol compiler to practice becoz my computer is 64bit one and cobol compler what am using is 32bit..I searched in google but am not clear what to install and how to practce at home.Please help me how i can practice cobol at home.Am desperatley in need of it....Plz plz help me....

Thanks in advance......
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Binop B

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:36 am    Post subject:
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Hi vidyakrishna,
I remember using one long time back but dont remember what it was... Am sure you could just 'google' and it might fetch you lot of free COBOL compilers...
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol compiler
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Have a look at OpenCobol. There's also a free-to-use version of CobolIT available.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject:
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Mainframe programs can be compiled and run on OpenCOBOL with very few changes, mostly relating to files. Many mainframe COBOL programs can be compiled under OpenCOBOL with no changes to source code.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:00 pm    Post subject:
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W7-64 runs 32-bit programs without any problems. It will not run 16-bit programs, but you can install VirtualBOX (and install XP in that) to run them. Been there, done that, works like a charm.
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vidyakrishna

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:07 pm    Post subject:
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Hi Friends....
I installed Virtualbox and trying top install XP in that but throwing error as below

fatal: no bootable medium system halted..
Can any one help me how to resolve this...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol compiler
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no bootable medium system halted..


did You <attach> the cdrom or the iso image with the installation CD

but why not try open cobol... seems simpler to me
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject:
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Can you please tell me how to install open-cobol and practice it in windows7
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol compiler
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OpenCobol is at SourceForge. There will be people there more than willing to help. Google, click, read, think, read, experiment, think, read. Can't get it going, ask there.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:50 am    Post subject:
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There's also a free-to-use version of CobolIT available.

Not any more - just sources for building it yourself and they are all *nix - no Windoze. Either that or they are doing a good job of hiding the stuff!

As for most of the other offerings they are generally not compilers but convert the COBOL source to C then run it through the C compiler so you have to have a C compiler (that works).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:39 am    Post subject:
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Just download the IBM RDz trial, and in it you'll find a fully functional COBOL compiler equivalent to about Enterprise Cobol V4.1(ish).
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Peter cobolskolan

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject:
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prino wrote:
Just download the IBM RDz trial, and in it you'll find a fully functional COBOL compiler equivalent to about Enterprise Cobol V4.1(ish).

Prino, did you download and test? IBM notes says COBOL compiler n/a for Windows 7.
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Peter cobolskolan wrote:
prino wrote:
Just download the IBM RDz trial, and in it you'll find a fully functional COBOL compiler equivalent to about Enterprise Cobol V4.1(ish).

Prino, did you download and test? IBM notes says COBOL compiler n/a for Windows 7.

Install in a virtual machine running XP, or PM me.
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