Initiated by Metrixware, Cobos is an Open Source project backed by its customers, particularly those in the insurance sector, and is available for free download. The lack of a price tag is in no way a reflection of the intrinsic qualities both of its technical architecture (Ingres data model) and its development interface. Integrated with Eclipse, and its sophisticated ergonomic graphical environment, and user-friendly to Cobol developers (especially the youngest, not always enthusiastic about the language despite its robustness and reliability and still growing use). As in certain commercial Mainframe solutions found in the market, but often at a dissuasive price, Cobos enables developers to work locally: the required source files are downloaded on Eclipse then reloaded on the mainframe following the intervention of the developer, who can work totally autonomously on an economical workstation.
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