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This is the presentation that I made for Microsoft WE ALM partner summit about COBOLizer, the new product by Plain Concepts that enables ALM and working with Visual Studio for native COBOL

This is the presentation that I made for Microsoft WE ALM partner summit about COBOLizer, the new product by Plain Concepts that enables ALM and working with Visual Studio for native COBOL

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COBOLizer - Plain Concepts - Microsoft WE ALM partner summit 2011 COBOLizer - Plain Concepts - Microsoft WE ALM partner summit 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • COBOLizer:
    Bringing COBOL to the 21st century with Visual Studio ALM
    Jose Luis Soria
    jlsoria@plainconcepts.com
    Rodrigo Corral
    rcorral@plainconcepts.com
  • Architecture, ALM, UX, Debugging & Optimization, Web & Sharepoint, Development, Game Studio
    Offices at Madrid and Bilbao (Spain), and Seattle (USA)
    2009 & 2010 Microsoft WE Inner Circle ALM Partner award
    European company with highest number of Microsoft MVPs (8)
    ABOUT PLAIN CONCEPTS
  • WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT COBOL?
    220+ billion LOC all over the world
    80% of actively used code is written in COBOL
    Each day, there are 200 times as many COBOL transactions as Google searches
    62% of companies still use COBOL, even for new applications
    Sources:
    COBOL, stilldoingthebusiness (bankingtech.com)
    COBOL coders: going, going, gone? (computerworld.com)
  • The environment is pretty old, and tools are not an exception…
    HOW IS THE TYPICAL COBOL PROJECT?
  • Hundreds of thousands of COBOL developers are using tools and editors designed forty years ago
    A lot of effort is wasted in COBOL development because cutting edge tools are not available
    Many COBOL projects are not even using source control
  • …there is a lot of room for ALM tools in the COBOL world!
  • VS ALM & TFS already support .NET and Java projects, but not COBOL natively in the Host – even though it’s the third big player in software factories and in house development
    Supporting COBOL through Visual Studio Extensibility, enables other useful scenarios:
    DSL Tools, wizards and guidance
    Code analysis
    WHY CONSIDER VS ALM & TFS FOR COBOL?
  • COBOLizer is a set of extensions for Visual Studio, including:
    A set of new tool windows inside VS
    A set of Host clients integrated in VS (FTP, TNxxxx, SSH…)
    A VS project type, which groups the files related to a project
    A language service, providing modern code editing features for COBOL inside Visual Studio
    WHAT IS COBOLizer?
  • It’s not a COBOL compiler or interpreter
    It’s not a COBOL implementation for the .NET platform
    WHAT COBOLizer IS NOT?
    The code is still compiled and run natively on the Host!
  • ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COBOLizer DEVELOPER
  • WORKING WITH COBOLizer
    The work is supported by a local COBOL project, containing files from the host, or created from VS templates
    COBOL code is edited within the Visual Studio IDE, with syntax highlighting & checking, Intellisense…
    The code is deployed to the Host to be built and run
    Full TFS support for ALM: version control, work item association, etc.
  • Conflict detection and resolution between host and local files
    Host console window integrated in VS
    Syntax highlighting
    Syntax checking (with squiggles)
    Support for commenting code
    Code outlining
    Intellisense for word completion
    Intellisense for quick info
    Source code analysis (beta)
    Complete integration with TFS and Work Items
    Project creation wizard
    Add new object to project
    Add existing object to project from host
    Add existing object to project from file system
    Project deployment
    Multiple deployment configurations for a project
    Solution explorer integration
    Add project to source control
    Update source from host
    OVERVIEW OF COBOLizer FEATURES
  • DEMO: OVERVIEW OF COBOLizer FEATURES
  • IBM Rational Developer for z/Series
    Full featured: local debugging, debugging, code editing…
    Needs software to be installed in the host
    Really expensive
    COBOL-IT
    It’s a compiler and an IDE
    It lacks support for ALM
    SIMILAR PRODUCTS
  • Nothing needs to be installed on the Host - developers can work on the customer's environment, without altering it
    Great for software factories and organizations doing in-house development
    Real business case in Spain: one of the ten biggest System Integrator/Software Factory is using COBOLizer for in-house development, at one of the greatest spanish energy companies
    WHERE IS COBOLizer REALLY USEFUL?
  • COBOLizer pricing
    COBOLizer license fee is $495 per seat
    An annual maintenance fee of 15% is mandatory and not included in COBOLizer’s license fee
    Partnering opportunity - licenses
    Reselling partners get a 20% discount per each license
    We’re open to other collaboration models – just ask
    PARTNERING OPPORTUNITY!
  • Partnering opportunity – services
    By introducing ALM in COBOL projects with COBOLizer, customer gets up to 28% of improvement in developers’ productivity (*)
    Selling COBOLizer, partners can reach COBOL customers that were inaccesible until now, and offer them the complete, Visual Studio ALM based, suit of services
    (*) More details and data available upon request
    PARTNERING OPPORTUNITY!
  • Questions?
    If interested:
    rcorral@plainconcepts.com
    www.cobolizer.com
    @cobolizer
    … or simply reach us anytime during the event!
    (dedicated table at lunch time both days)
    THANK YOU!
    Imagescredit: http://bit.ly/qYqzB9http://bit.ly/nTb534http://bit.ly/or8M3i