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Tradition of innovation continues in new isCOBOL 2010 release

April 19, 2010 - Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, announced the newest release of its isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) for developing, deploying, and modernizing COBOL applications.

In the sixth product update in two years, isCOBOL 2010 continues to provide choice, innovation, and cost savings to a growing number of businesses with valuable COBOL application and data assets.

isCOBOL offers users the ability to continue programming in COBOL, and at the same time, modernize and deploy applications across multiple platforms in an open Java framework.

Clovanir José Ehlers, IT Manager, Cooperativa A1, recently moved a wholesale and retail distribution system to isCOBOL.

“Veryant provides a solid COBOL solution at an attractive price point,” commented Ehlers. “isCOBOL's ability to bridge together the worlds of COBOL and Java lowered the cost, risk, and complexity of our implementation.”

The new version of isCOBOL continues the option of using Eclipse as an integrated development environment (IDE). This enables developers to perform code editing, as well as integrated and remote debugging with the ability to debug COBOL and Java together. The isCOBOL IDE now supports Eclipse Galileo, so developers taking advantage of updates in the latest version of Eclipse can develop isCOBOL programs in the same framework.

In isCOBOL 2010, many improvements have been made to rich Internet application (RIA) development, especially in enhancing the appearance of COBOL applications running on mobile devices such as iPhone and Android systems. Developers can now use CSS styles for GUI controls to customize screens for targeted mobile devices and browsers. A ‘quick preview’ capability was also added. Now, RIA GUIs developed using isCOBOL Web Direct 2.0 can be viewed inside of the isCOBOL IDE with the click of a button, as done with standalone and thin client GUIs. This enhances developer productivity and eliminates the need to install a separate Java Server, such as Apache Tomcat, to preview end-user environments.

Many Veryant customers deploy COBOL applications in a thin client computing model. Now isCOBOL Server can run as a Windows Service on Windows servers, so it can be installed as a service, started up automatically, and run in the background. This makes it easier to use a Windows server when deploying thin client GUIs with isCOBOL. General isCOBOL Server administration has also been improved. For example, server startup has been simplified and developers can use a single command to launch a thin client with the debugger.

Two ISAM file systems and the thin client deployment capabilities enabled by isCOBOL Server are included with the isCOBOL Runtime Environment at no extra cost. Veryant does not penalize customers for changing platforms. The Java-enabled portability of the products in isCOBOL APS and customer applications is enhanced by the portability of the isCOBOL license: buy once, compile, and run anywhere.
Sue Myers
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Veryant provides a solid COBOL solution at an attractive price point. isCOBOL's ability to bridge together the worlds of COBOL and Java lowered the cost, risk, and complexity of our implementation.
Clovanir José Ehlers, IT Manager, Cooperativa A1

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