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Hi guys: Can any one please tell me any cobol compiler which i can install on windows XP environment? I am currently using Fujitsu Netcobol studio but it starts given me that error:

This file is not authorize at this time: AUTHORIZATION TIME_SETBACK.

Dont know looks like its not free.

Thanks.
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Hi again,
you're right, Fujitsu Netcobol studio is not free.
There are some free compilers, but they're by far not that comfortable, and don't always implement all newer COBOL features.

OpenCOBOL - http://www.opencobol.org  - "implements substantial part of the COBOL 85 and COBOL 2002 standards, as well as many extensions"

 "OpenCOBOL translates COBOL into C and compiles the translated code using GCC. You can build your COBOL programs on various platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows."

--> You need gcc for Windows and I suspect it's not very easy to handle.
Tiny COBOL - http://tiny-cobol.sourceforge.net - "Open source Cobol compiler for Windows, Linux, BeOS, FreeBSD."
--> Can't say anything about this one.

Cevela MX - http://www.volweb.cz/cevelavl/cobol/cb_en/mx_all.htm - "Free Cobol 3.0 compiler for Windows."

"Suitable for small tasks and training of basic programming skills in the Cobol language. It is based on ANSI-74 COBOL with some features from ANSI-85 (initialize, end-if, end-perform) and ISO 1989:2002 (scereen section). It's output is source in C which can be very easy compiled and linked to EXE-form"

--> You need a C compiler for Windows
MicroFocus COBOL NetExpress - http://www.microfocus.com/Resources/Communities/Academic/shop/description.asp?productid=56
"You can use it to create COBOL programs for the .NET Framework. The personal edition is freeware and can compile up to 2200 lines of COBOL source code."
--> Seems rather comfortable, with the above restrictions, of course. Click "product for purchase/download", it's free for personal use.
 
Try them out (perhaps begin with MicroFocus, then OpenCobol), or buy your Fujitsu NetCobol for $ 50,-
http://firemicrosoft.net/buy_cheap_Fujitsu_Netcobol_Enterprise_For_Windows_8.0_(1_cd).php
 I think this would be the best way, if you can afford it!
 HTH
wmp
 
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