keeping with our users' need to migrate their
mission-critical mainframe applications to best-in-class
open systems tools, CoSORT also provides an intelligent,
standalone data conversion package. netCONVERT's
combination of advanced file translation capabilities,
cross-platform interoperability, and Java-based GUI,
adds up to a superior, full-featured data conversion
netCONVERT, application data files can be ported
with ease, readily converting them for use by
ported COBOL applications. Data can also be
translated to a "comma separated values (CSV)"
format acceptable to most third party applications
and advanced DBMSs. Data can travel in any
direction, with the conversion process running on
the most convenient platform for application batch
streams. The conversions may be complex, and
include any of the following: one mainframe format
to a different mainframe format; mainframe format
to workstation or desktop format; workstation or
desktop format to mainframe format.
has two basic components: a filter program to
access and translate data; and, a graphical data
mapping and conversion tool. The filter program
works in all environments, and can be used with
Micro Focus COBOL pipes to allow COBOL programs to
use the output of conversions directly. The
graphical tool is available for all platforms
where a GUI is commonly available and Java is
supported. netCONVERT's GUI can import COBOL File
Descriptions ("FD"), preview data
mappings, import test data, preview converted
data, specify remapping associated with REDEFINEs,
specify conversion parameters, run test
conversions, and execute complete conversions.
uses the COBOL FD as the basis for data mapping.
If an FD exists for an input file, netCONVERT can
use that file for the record map. If one does not
exist, netCONVERT's graphical mapping tool or the
mapping syntax of the filter program can be used.
Other data mappings could also be converted to a
COBOL FD. In fact, by adding a few date expansions
to your COBOL FD as COBOL comments, netCONVERT
will automatically expand pre-Year 2000 date
fields as required. For conversion between
platform types, netCONVERT includes an ASCII/EBCDIC
translation table that produces reversible results.
Users can also define specialized translation
tables for data or applications beyond the
may be from disk files, tape files, or other
sources piped to stdin. Output may be directed to
disk, tape, or piped to other sources through
stdout. Tape I/O includes support for both IBM and
ANSI standard labeled tapes as well as for
unlabelled tapes. A volume id, device name and
file position can be specified for both input and
output. A file disposition and expiration date can
also be specified on output.
of the input or output source, netCONVERT users
can specify record length, blocksize, and record
format. Supported mainframe formats include Fixed:
F, FB, FBS; and, Variable: V, VB, VBS. Workstation/desktop
record formats supported include Fixed, Variable,
Segmented (variable, but with a segment byte as in
ANSI standard), Text (line-feed delimited), NT (carriage-return/line-feed
delimited), Micro Focus COBOL special variable
format, and Fortran CSV.
is available for the major mainframe (VM, MVS, OS/390)
and UNIX (HP 9000, IBM RS/6000, Sun Solaris) platforms.
netCONVERT's graphical component is not currently
available for the mainframe. HP/9000 systems require
HP-UX 10.10 or later for Java support. IBM RS/6000
systems require AIX 4.1.3 or later for Java support.