Y2K Startup 1996-2000
A brief history of Deskware, Inc.
By Matt Dean co-founder
What did we do? –We wrote a Microsoft Windows based piece of software to
reverse-engineer COBOL, Mainframe Assembler, PL-1, and RPG source code.
VACE allowed programmers to open up legacy source code files, quickly edit the code, and dynamically see the structure of the program.
VACE was actively
City of Knoxville Bechtel Corp. Washington Mills
Thurau &Co. GMBH
State Library of
Old Dominion Data
Waukesha State Bank
Westpeak Investment Cisco Systems GMAC
Lakeshore Group, Ltd
Gulf South Medical
Harvard Medical School
NorthernTrust Bank Intel
Perez Abreu Company US Postal Service
Pacific Service Credit
Amway Corporation Asplundh
Adventist Health Care
NCR Taiwan, R.O.C.
Not exactly a
“The garage is the space for
the hacker, the tinkerer, the
maker.The garage is not
defined by a single field or
industry; instead, it is defined
by the eclectic interests of its
inhabitants. It is a space where
― Steven Johnson, How We
Got to Now: Six Innovations
That Made the Modern World
After theY2K crisis…
AfterY2K we realized we had
developed some very good source
code parsers for the COBOL
programming language, and
created the first COBOL based
• IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S:
Computer programs for use in developing and
executing other computer programs on
computers, computer networks, and local
communications networks, and instruction
manual sold therewith. FIRST USE: 19991005.
FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19991005
What is cobolscript?
• CobolScript is a COBOL based scripting
language. Anyone who already knows COBOL
can easily use CobolScript to build server-side
scripts with virtually no learning curve.
CobolScript has familiar COBOL syntax and is
ideal for data conversion, batch interfaces, and
server-side scripting. CobolScript is cross-
platform compatible, with versions for the
following operating systems: MSWindows,
Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.
Cobolscript – going
•The cobolscript interpreter is
currently being maintained by Matt
Dean. He is currently uplifting the
cobolscript language from version 3.1
to version 4.0. Feel free to reach out
to him for more information.