Perspectives and Projects

The first step in developing a remote COBOL application is to create the remote connection using the Remote System Explorer (RSE) perspective. Perspectives are an Eclipse concept. They present the views, menus and options relevant to your activity and the RSE perspective allows you to create and configure remote connections. In addition, you can browse and manipulate some aspects of the remote file system .

After creating a remote connection you can then create a COBOL remote project. A COBOL project is a representation of the source files (with dependencies) and build commands used to create your application or program. You create a project using a wizard and the resulting project is displayed in the Navigator view, from where you can open your source files. You can also convert a COBOL local project to a remote project.

Amongst the other perspectives you can use while you develop COBOL remote applications with Eclipse is the Debug perspective. This perspective displays views for managing your debugging facility including variable and breakpoint setting.