Volume 7

Volume 7, Number 28

April 16, 2009

10 pages1787 K bytes

Creating Web Services for Legacy COBOL

Craig A. VanLengen
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5066 USA

John D. Haney
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5066 USA

Abstract: Billions of lines of COBOL code are executed on a daily basis, primarily in financial transactions. With the presence of newer development environments these programs must be rewritten or accessed in a viable way. Placing legacy programs into web services is one way to interface existing functional programs with contemporary interfaces, whether Windows or Web. This study presents how a COBOL legacy program can be placed into a web service and accessed from a COBOL client, a Windows client, and a web client. The inclusion of this type of skill into the curriculum is highly desirable in order to address the skill loss due to the retirement of COBOL programmers.

Keywords: web services, client, COBOL, .NET, legacy, Windows, web

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Recommended Citation: VanLengen and Haney (2009). Creating Web Services for Legacy COBOL. Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (28). http://isedj.org/7/28/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §2142. ISSN: 1542-7382.)