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Kala Mainframe

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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Hi,

I am looking for a Graphical user interface(GUI) for COBOL coding (means an COBOL editor) that should do below processes. When i save this should be directly communicate with my PDS Member (may thru FTP processing).
How to connect with TFS.

First level processes (mandatory),
1. Highlight Syntax
2. Syntax Check option

Second level processes,
3. Auto Code Generator
4. Advanced Debugger

I use ROSCOE in my project currently. Here i don't have any option for the above requirements.

Can anyone suggest on this.
Note: Not MF-COBOL.

I have searched in net and found some software/product/Tool.
Notepad ++
Pspad
IBM - RDz
some more..

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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I am looking for a Graphical user interface(GUI) for COBOL coding (means an COBOL editor) that should do below processes.


unfortunately not always You will get what You ask for.
somebody higher in your food chain will take the decision
so what You want will be pretty irrelevant ( in Your organisation )

and ...
even if You found something that fits Your requirements
You should remember that installing unauthorised software on the PC provided by Your employer
is cause for lawful termination
( EVEN FREE SOFTWARE )
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Kala Mainframe

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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If it is feasible my organization ready to implement it. So i have to do a research and possibilities, limitation.

If it really saves time of the developer and reduce review and defect then it is good to implement.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 2:52 pm    Post subject:
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Googling "mainframe cobol gui" returns almost 9000,000 references. Just as a shortcut, you could look at Rational Developer.
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Kala Mainframe

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject:
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Hi Rohit,

That editor will be ease of use, instead of just having black screen without highlights of syntax. And when we compile we get the compilation error in general, but I want editor to check syntax before compilation itself.

And in my current environment we don't have any syntax highlighter, we don't use JCL, REXX as that system is customized for client. And there is no debugger as well.

When I was searching for this I came to know I can use REXX for syntax highlighting. But I am don't think we use REXX in my system.

In IBM RDz does most of the things what I expect it should. But we need to buy that. If we simple and cost efficient solution that will be better idea.

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But we need to buy that

You will almost certainly have to buy anything if you are using it on the mainframe. Most products for the PC will also need payment.

I doubt if you could use rexx to highlight syntax - you probably di not rad something properly - it was probably meaning highlighting Rexx syntax. It is a long time since I used Roscoe but I seem to recall source code colourisation was available. But that was so long ago that I may be wrong.

I also doubt if you will find an editor that will check program syntax - that is part of the function of the compiler.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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Hey, I've worked on Roscoe a long time ago and I know what you mean.

Roscoe is the editor but when I wanted to only view the code, I used to go to ISPF view panel. You would need to know the PDS name though.

Can you do something like that?

I am sure it's Not what you want but it may help analyzing the code with highlighted syntax.

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Hi Rahul,

Yes. That's a good idea but we don't have ispf panel as well. It is blocked in our system.
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Hi,

Anyone know​ about get file from mainframe to windows and store back in mainframe again.

In notepad++ the syntax highlighting is available. So we can use that as editor and do coding and save in windows and transfer again for compilation in mainframe.
For that we need a TFS. This is a simple solution as I know.

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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Anyone know​ about get file from mainframe to windows and store back in mainframe again.

the question has been asked and replied so many times that it belongs to the category of questions no longer allowed to be discussed on the forum.


ask Your support .
we do not work in Your organisation so we do not know about your organisation standards and practices
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See if ZOSMF meets your requirements.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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z/OSMF has nothing to do with COBOL, much less a COBOL GUI.
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Robert,
ZOSMF can be used to browse/edit datasets on z/OS. I know it does not have anything to do with COBOL specifically. I just thought the OP might take a look and see if it might do what he needs.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Cobol GUI (like Editor)
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First level processes (mandatory),
1. Highlight Syntax
2. Syntax Check option
The TS is NOT looking for a browser / editor of data sets on z/OS -- ISPF does that fine. As far as I know, z/OSMF does not highlight COBOL syntax or check syntax -- it might be possible to write a workflow to invoke the COBOL compiler in z/OSMF but I don't think z/OSMF is anywhere near what the TS is looking for. Without significant work, I don't see z/OSMF providing any of the functionality the TS wants.
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