Have you got key business logic locked away in COBOL code? If you have, Netron has a tool to help you out. The Canadian company this month will ship HotRod, an analysis tool that mines COBOL source code for business rules, which then can be transformed into components that are based on Java or CORBA. The tool also helps developers find redundancies or similarities in a COBOL program, which will enable them to streamline change management and code fixes. The company estimated that there are about 200 billlion lines of COBOL code in use worldwide. HotRod runs on Windows NT 4.1.08 or later, works with Merant's Revolve repository and sells for $25,000 (£15,250) a server.
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