|I'm looking for a Cobol to C translator email@example.com (1992-06-16)|
|RE: I'm looking for a Cobol to C translator firstname.lastname@example.org (Craig Neth 3M33; DTN 381-2174) (1992-06-19)|
|From:||Craig Neth 3M33; DTN 381-2174 <email@example.com>|
|Keywords:||C, Cobol, translator|
|Date:||Fri, 19 Jun 1992 20:12:26 GMT|
A recent poster asks about COBOL to C translators. I have tried one; It
was called 'COBLIX-C' or something similar. At the time, the company
producing it had tools called 'FORTRIX-C' and other similarly named tools.
Unfortunately, I've lost the companies name put perhaps the product name
will help in the search.
All things considered, it worked fairly reasonably. But I wonder if the
requestor is hoping to maintain the resulting C code. I found that would
be difficult, because C doesn't have support for most of the standard
COBOL datatypes. So all data manipulation in the resulting C code is
expressed in terms of massive numbers of calls to routines in the COBLIX
runtime. Defining this data was also clumsy.
In short, the resulting C worked but I think it would be more expensive to
maintain the C than the COBOL. But I might be biased too, since I work on
COBOL compilers :-)
Craig Neth !Inet : firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Equipment Corporation ! or : email@example.com
110 Spit Brook Road ZKO2-3/K06
Nashua, NH 03062
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