Micro Focus has released key updates to its developer platform designed to increase efficiency and provide a wider choice of development environments.
For the first time, developers can deploy Cobol applications to the cloud unchanged using Microsoft's .Net and Windows Azure Cloud platforms.
The Visual Cobol Development Hub, meanwhile, is designed to enhance the productivity of Linux and Unix users.
Developers will be able to use Cobol on the desktop to remotely compile and debug code, which will help to reduce development and testing times, the firm claimed.
Visual Cobol R3 also allows Cobol applications to be translated to the Java Virtual Machine without the need to rewrite code.
This simplifies application development as developers can combine Cobol and Java code to build modern applications, according to Peter Anderton, product solutions director at Micro Focus.
"The extension of Cobol to these popular environments will increase the productivity and efficiency of developers by allowing them to manage core applications across platforms. It will also open up the market to them," he said.
"The Cobol language has also been updated to make it easier for C# and Java programmers to use."
Cobol can extend the life of business-critical applications, and developers can choose to work with Visual Studio 2010 or the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment, the firm added.
Micro Focus is offering a 30-day free trial on its site.
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