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COBOL Rehosting: mBank Chooses Raincode

Posted by admin raincode on Dec 9, 2015 10:12:46 AM

 Brussels, December 2015

 

mBank chooses Raincode, the specialist of the mainframe migration, to rehost its mainframe COBOL applications to the .NET platform

 

mBank, the 3rd largest retail bank in Poland, runs a mainframe, together with a large customized system written in COBOL, using DB2 for the database. To reduce cost, improve flexibility and extend this systems’ lifetime, mBank started a rehosting project aimed at moving Accenture’s Altamira to Microsoft’s .NET platform.

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Topics: Raincode, .NET, Migration, Rehosting, Stack, COBOL, CICS

The Raincode Checker Meets the Visual Studio Plugin...

Posted by admin raincode on Nov 19, 2015 2:26:08 PM

... And it gives the best marriage ever!

Did you know 80% of the lifetime cost of a piece of software goes to maintenance? Did you know that hardly any software is maintained for its whole life by the original author? Did you know that having code conventions allows engineers to understand new code more quickly and thoroughly? 

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Topics: .NET, videos, Visual Studio, COBOL, PL/I, compilers

Meet the Raincode QIX, the CICS Emulator for Windows

Posted by admin raincode on Nov 18, 2015 3:51:10 PM

What will help you dealing with your CICS screens during a COBOL or a PL/I migration?

Let's meet the ideal companion of the PL/I and the COBOL compilers: the Raincode QIX, the CICS emulator. Raincode QIX completes perfectly the Legacy Compilers, when CICS comes into the picture. It supports PL/I, COBOL C# and any other .NET language.

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Topics: .NET, Migration, videos, COBOL, CICS, PL/I

Legacy Compilers: More Than a Marketing Stunt!

Posted by admin raincode on Nov 17, 2015 10:07:01 AM

 

We present our COBOL and PL/I solutions as legacy compilers based on the premise that they will be used to compile existing code much more than newly written code.

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Topics: .NET, Stack, COBOL, PL/I

Why is .NET the Target Platform of Choice for Rehosting Projects?

Posted by admin raincode on Nov 9, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Mainframe environments are made of numerous components, sub-systems, applications with varying levels of criticality, performance requirements, developed in different languages and by different programming teams over decades. Quite logically, parts of this complexity show in rehosting projects and in the target architecture.

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Topics: .NET, Stack, mainframe, COBOL, PL/I, Microsoft

8 Good Reasons to Keep your Mainframe

Posted by admin raincode on Nov 4, 2015 2:39:48 PM

Reasons to keep your mainframe: 

  1. You just have too much money to spend. Your banker complains about your accounts exceeding the limit set for positive balance. You really need to spend more money, and the mainframe is such a great way of solving this problem. Hurrah!

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Topics: fun, Migration, mainframe

The People Behind #4: A Whole  Career on Legacy Languages and Compilers

Posted by admin raincode on Nov 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

 

For this 4th edition of the Raincode's newsletter, "The People Behind" introduces you to Jean-Eric Waroquier, whose career has been all about legacy languages, compilers and exciting challenges. And now, Raincode sums it all up!

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Topics: newsletter, Raincode, COBOL

A Quick Look at the Raincode Visual Studio Plugin

Posted by admin raincode on Oct 22, 2015 1:30:00 AM

 

The Raincode Visual Studio plugin allows you to develop COBOL or Pl/I programs within the comfort of the Visual Studio development environment.

 


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Topics: videos, Stack, Visual Studio, COBOL

How Much Does a Mainframe Cost?

Posted by admin raincode on Oct 19, 2015 11:05:00 AM

 

It has probably been many years since your company’s applications and data depend on a mainframe. Maybe thirty years, maybe even more? Have you ever evaluated how much this mainframe cost your organization, every year?

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Topics: Migration, Stack, mainframe, COBOL

Why Is It So Difficult to Migrate Legacy Programs?

Posted by admin raincode on Oct 13, 2015 1:30:00 PM

 

Between the 70s and the 90s, almost all programmers used to develop the business logic in COBOL, assure the data persistence in DB2 and rely on CICS to process transactions. Therefore looking to migrate legacy COBOL is a dead end, you don’t have a set of COBOL programs, you have a complex set made of Cobol, CICS and DB2. 

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Topics: .NET, Migration, COBOL, CICS