[thelist] Cobol to Java

Norman Bunn norman.bunn at craftedsolutions.com
Wed May 9 12:22:56 CDT 2001

> Sean,
> Boy, this sure takes me back as I was one of the team leaders on just such
> as transition at BellSouth around 5 years ago...
> Unfortunately, the transition is not an easy one.  However, it is an
> achieveable one.  You are moving from a language with one programming
> paradigm (COBOL->structured) to another (Java->Object-oriented), so you
> need programmers and analysts with experience in both areas (a tough find)
> to do this effectively.  Often the best route, while expensive, it to hire
> mentor to lead existing COBOL programmers.  That way you continue to have
> access to their experience and business knowledge, while re-training them
> OO.
> BTW, I typed "COBOL to Java Transition" into Google and came up with more
> than a few links. You could start looking there for more insights as this
> topic is too involved to cover effectively here.
> Norman
> > I've got a team meeting tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone out there
> had a general rule of
> > thumb for doing a conversion of a Cobol progam to Java.  I've been
> around online and can't
> > find a great place.  I'm getting up to speed on Java at present.  This
> going to be used for an
> > estimate of man hours this project I'm working on may take.
> >
> > Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Sean Preston

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