You could compile the programs with IBM COBOL on Windows (it is part of WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer V5). Most SQLs have a precompiler for COBOL to handle the SQL; I know DB2 does on Windows. No matter what solution you use, you will have to change the code if it is writing QSAM files as the reports today, since I/O on Windows is quite different. As for changing to VB, I have the same reaction as above: Why? Never change platforms or programming languages unless there is an obvious reward for all of your risk. I don't see any reward in moving from the most commonly used language in the world to VB; it will be difficult and take you a lot of time.
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