GnuCOBOL 2.2 Released To Let COBOL Code Live On As C
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 7 September 2017 at 06:30 AM EDT. 4 Comments
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For those of you still maintaining COBOL code-bases, GnuCOBOL 2.2 is now available as what was formerly OpenCOBOL and also the project's first stable release in nearly one decade.

GnuCOBOL has been living under the GNU/FSF umbrella for a few years while today's GnuCOBOL 2.2 release is the first stable release since OpenCOBOL 1.1 back in 2009. (Since then was the GnuCOBOL 1.1 release, but just for renaming the project.)

GnuCOBOL translates COBOL code into C and then compiles it for the target using the native C compiler, which the developers prefers being GCC but isn't limited to it. GnuCOBOL 2.2 covers most of COBOL 85, 2002, 2014, X/Open COBOL, and various other COBOL language extensions.

GnuCOBOL 2.2 supports many more intrinsic functions, new system functions, new command-line options, Windows Visual Studio build support, and much more.

More details on GnuCOBOL 2.2 via today's announcement or via their GNU.org project site that at least for now is just continuing to redirect to SourceForge.

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