Cobol, that old-time but still useful business programming language, will get a tie-in to Microsoft's latest Visual Studio IDE.
Micro Focus is adding Visual Studio 2015 support to its Visual Cobol tool for maintaining and modernizing enterprise applications. Previously, Micro Focus has supported Cobol development in Visual Studio 2013, 2012, and 2010.
Indeed, Cobol still turns up as the 22nd most popular language on this month's Tiobe index of language popularity, which ranks the top 100 languages (although Cobol has a share of less than 1 percent in the index). Recently, a developer forged a link between Cobol and Node.js, via a bridge.
Downloadable at the Micro Focus website, Visual Cobol for Visual Studio 2015 enables developers to combine Cobol alongside other languages, such as C# and Visual Basic.Net. Cobol application capabilities can be delivered to Windows 10, .Net, and the Azure cloud. Support is featured for both native and managed code development, enabling extension of Cobol applications, Micro Focus said.