Fujitsu 4.0 vs MF NetExpress & MF Resolve
>Not sure this is true. I've been told that you CAN use recursion with
>Fujitsu but I did not ask "How" (It may not be the same as Reentrant -
Try implementing your own call back routine in a class library and see if
you don't get a different answer. I got this from a Fujitsu employee who
used to be a MicroFocus employee.
>As far as OO goes, I think it is unfair to critisize Fujitsu - or ANY
>OTHER implementation of OO in COBOL - The standard has been in flux -
>ANY coding of a production OO COBOL system may find itself
>incompatible with the new standard.
Not true, there have been versions approved before the last was in 95. If a
compiler company waits until a standard is "approved" they would be way
behind the times when it got approved. In the case of a production system
using NetExpress class libaries I have been told that the next version will
comply with the latest standard but backward compatibility will be provided.
Even if it was not after converting code from NetExpress to Fujitsu (which
is suppose to be more compliant with the latest standard) it meant only
changing the class-control section to the repository section and using
factory instead of class-object. This however was not my big complaint it
was the lack of support for collections and call backs. If you ever use OO
Cobol for any heavy work you need these. Other languages such as C++ and Smalltalk
all come with support for these things with the compiler that you
>What have you heard about the future of Dialog system? A friend has
>the 3.0 beta and can't get it to run (Incident open at MicroFocus).
>Have you used it? Opinion? Do you think they are moving away from it
>and toward a VB or Internet based GUI?
I have thought long and hard about this question in the past. My bottom
line answer is that I make all my applications (except the very smallest) 3
tiered so I could replace my user interface with anything from VB to Java to
Dialog Systems without a hugh effort. This allows me not to care what
MicroFocus or Fujitsu or any other vendor does with their User Interface
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