Fujitsu provides three NetCOBOL packages for Windows and three for .NET.
Overview of Editions
NetCOBOL for .NET:
There is only one NetCOBOL for .NET product, but the edition dictates whether buying it alone or with the Standard or Enterprise editions of NetCOBOL for Windows.
NetCOBOL for Windows:
The three NetCOBOL for Windows packages, in descending order of price and functionality, are:
Choosing the right NetCOBOL
- NetCOBOL for Windows Enterprise Edition
- NetCOBOL for Windows Professional Edition
- NetCOBOL for Windows Standard Edition
Targeting only .NET:
If you only want to write applications for the .NET environment you need NetCOBOL for .NET Professional, unless you need some functions that are not currently supported in the .NET product such as SORT/MERGE or ASSIGN TO PRINTER files, in which case you need NetCOBOL for .NET Developer.
Targeting both Windows and .NET:
If you want to write applications for both the Windows and .NET environments then you need either NetCOBOL for .NET Universal, or NetCOBOL for .NET Developer. The .NET component of both packages is the same. Therefore the decision between Universal and Developer depends on the functionality you require in the Windows environment. Universal contains NetCOBOL for Windows Enterprise Edition, and Developer contains NetCOBOL for Windows Standard Edition.
Targeting only Windows:
If you only want to write applications for Windows, you need NetCOBOL for Windows. NetCOBOL for Windows is available in three editions. The edition required is dependent on features and tools that match your required criteria.
The Enterprise Edition includes all the features and tools that are available in the Professional and Standard editions and the Professional Edition includes all features and tools that are available in the Standard Edition.
NetCOBOL (previously called Fujitsu COBOL) for Windows is a complete COBOL development environment that allows you to create standalone COBOL applications and/or COBOL components for use with Microsoft visual tools. NetCOBOL for Windows Version 6 runs on Windows 98/Me/2000/NT/XP. NetCOBOL for Windows comes in three editions: Standard, Professional and Enterprise.
The Enterprise Edition includes all features and tools that are available in the Professional and Standard editions and the Professional Edition includes all features and tools that are available in the Standard Edition.
NetCOBOL for Windows Enterprise Edition
Buy the Enterprise edition if you:
NetCOBOL for Windows Professional Edition
- Want to deliver multi-threaded applications (such as ISAPI , SAF or SAF Web Server applications) (MultiThreaded Run-time distribution license)
- Want professional COBOL-driven reports, including graphics, possibly replacing expensive pre-printed forms. (PowerFORM)
- Are likely to do many data file manipulations, such as creating test files, editing data or converting from one file format to another. (Data Converter, Data Editor)
- Have a group of developers who share code and need a source control or configuration management system. (PowerGEM Plus)
- Need the full features of PowerBSORT - such as faster sorting, stand-alone sorting, or sorting from other languages. (PowerBSORT)
- Are offloading applications from mainframes. (Data Converter)
Buy the Professional Ediiton if you:
NetCOBOL for Windows Standard Edition
- Want to create professional Windows GUIs using COBOL as the scripting language. (PowerCOBOL)
Buy the Standard edition if you:
- Only develop non-GUI COBOL applications or only use COBOL as a sub-program to GUI programs such as Visual Basic. (COBOL compiler and run-time)
Please Note: These are the system requirements for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. In addtion to these requirements and extra 60MB of disk space is required for the NetCOBOL for .NET product.
The Standard Edition of Visual Studio 2005 is included within the NetCOBOL for .NET product. Only if you want features not in the Standard Edition of Visual Studio 2005, would you need to make an additional Visual Studio purchase.
- 600 megahertz (MHz) Pentium processor
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) Pentium processor recommended
Visual Studio 2005 can be installed on any of the following systems:
- Microsoft Windows 2003 Server.
- Windows XP, Service Pack 2.
- Windows 2000, Service Pack 4.
- 128 megabytes (MB)
- 256 MB recommended
- 2 GB of available space required on installation drive
- 1 GB of available space required on system drive
- 3.8 GB of available space required on installation drive with a full MSDN install or 2.8 GB of available space required on installation drive with a default MSDN install.
- 1 GB of available space required on system drive
800 x 600 256 colors
1024 x 768 High Color - 16-bit
Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device
(1). Performance has not been tuned for minimum system configuration. Increasing your RAM above the recommended system configuration will increase your performance, specifically when running multiple applications, working with large projects, or doing enterprise-level development.
(2). When you start the Visual Studio 2005 installer, the default installation location is your system drive, which is the drive that boots your system. However, you can install the application on any drive. Regardless of the application's location, the installation process installs some files on your system drive. Consequently, ensure that the above amount of space is available on your system drive regardless of the application's location, and ensure that additional space, as listed above, is available on the drive on which you install the application.