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Elastic COBOL 17.2 Released

New version 17.2 of Elastic COBOL has been released.  Elastic COBOL is the compiler, IDE, debugger and testing environment for transpiling enterprise COBOL applications into Java and deploying them into the Elastic Transaction Platform or Elastic Batch Platform or the Heirloom Platform-as-a-Service.  Elastic COBOL is distributed as an Eclipse Plug-in.

Issues resolved in v17.2:

  • VDB File System - ETP READ NEXT / READ PREVIOUS operations resilient to START comparators GTEQ, EQUAL, LTEQ, GT, LT.  Direction changes (NEXT to PREVIOUS, PREVIOUS to NEXT) at key boundaries correctly simulates COBOL I/O file pointer.
  • ETP File I/O - Corrected for files (EC, MF, Acu, VDB) for STARTBR and READ NEXT / READ PREVIOUS direction changes.

Features added and issues resolved in v16.11:

  • VDB File System - VSAM Transparency Mode for record-oriented access performance improvements; split-key support (Ticket#2716); REWRITE after WRITE with duplicate key error failed to commit transaction with auto-commit (Transactional VSAM) off (Ticket#2746); RANDOM READ with alternate key problem (Ticket#2628)
  • Acu File System - Record corrupted after WRITE (Ticket#2734); alternate key READ causes out-of-bounds exception (Ticket#2725)
  • ETP - CICS STARTBR with alternate key configuration (Ticket#2745); MF SX BMS screen compatibility (Ticket#2778)

Features added in v16.8:

  • ASCII Screens - Support for CURSES (TERMCAP) capabilities for various vendor-specific COBOL GUI screen extensions on non-bitmap displays
  • Elastic IMS DB for ETP - Elastic Deploy Settings editor and Elastic Deployment Wizard support for DL/I calls from within Elastic Transaction Platform transactions.
  • Elastic IMS DB for EBP - Runtime support for DL/I calls that store and retrieve IMS DB data into VDB, ISAM files from Elastic Batch Platform batch jobs.

Features added in v16.6:

Features added in v16.4:

  • Data File Editor - From within the Eclipse IDE look at and change any of the supported data files (e.g., Elastic COBOL file format, Micro Focus IDX 3, 8, VSQL keyed files in column-oriented DB tables, VDB keyed files in row-oriented DB tables)

Features added in v15.12:

  • Content Assist - Create applications faster in the Eclipse IDE
  • CICS Channels and Containers - LINK among transactions and programs with larger data areas with this CICS "named COMMAREA" type of concept

 

To upgrade Elastic COBOL:

  • Eclipse > Help > Check For Updates

To install Elastic COBOL:

  • Eclipse > Help > Install New Software > http://elasticcobol.com/downloads/updates

To install to an "overnight" or the most recent build (suggested for customers who have submitted tickets):

  • Eclipse > Help > Install New Software > http://elasticcobol.com/downloads/overnight

Note:  Due to Eclipse OOMPH issue, clear your cache or pre-installed plugins

rm $HOME/.eclipse/org.eclipse/oomph.p2/cache/*

See the Getting Started Guide for more information.  Register and get a licensed copy of Elastic COBOL either for your desktop or to run in the cloud at www.heirloomcomputing.com.

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    Updated August 5, 2016

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