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Product Overview

Enterprise Developer supports IBM COBOL, IBM PL/I, IBM Assembler, IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM JCL, IBM DB2, IBM z/OS file formats and common batch utilities, including SORT. This means that you can develop and maintain the core mainframe online and batch applications under Enterprise Developer. You can then deploy these applications back on the mainframe or migrate them onto one of the Micro Focus Linux, UNIX or Windows-based production platforms.

The Application Workflow Manager section in General Reference explains the mainframe integration and mainframe modelling features of Enterprise Developer for z Systems.

Types of Licenses

Micro Focus offers Enterprise Developer with the following licensing options that unlock different functionality:

  • Micro Focus Enterprise Developer Personal Edition

    Enterprise Developer Personal Edition is a free product, available for download. It is suitable for anyone who wants to become familiar with the Eclipse or Visual Studio means of editing and compiling mainframe applications under Windows.

  • Micro Focus Enterprise Developer Connect

    Enterprise Developer Connect is for customers looking to use modern and productive Eclipse-based tooling to develop mainframe applications directly on the mainframe. Close integration to mainframe configuration management systems and the ability to easily customize the Eclipse-based IDE to include mainframe-based tools and processes means developers can take full advantage of modern development tools without having to learn new development processes.

  • Micro Focus Enterprise Developer

    Enterprise Developer is for customers looking to develop and modernize mainframe applications in a productive and modern Windows-based development environment, targeted for deployment onto an alternate server platform. Developers have the choice of either the Visual Studio or the Eclipse-based IDE and development and test tools are provided for all target environments currently supported by Micro Focus.

  • Micro Focus Enterprise Developer for z Systems

    Enterprise Developer for z Systems gives customers the choice to develop directly on the mainframe or under Windows. Mainframe applications can be developed, maintained and modernized regardless of where they will be deployed, either back onto the mainframe or onto an alternative server environment. Support is provided for both the Visual Studio and Eclipse-based IDEs and for all the development and test tools for every target environment currently supported by Micro Focus - including z/Linux, AIX and x86 environments.

    Enterprise Developer for z Systems combines all the capabilities of Enterprise Developer Connect and Enterprise Developer.

    Full mainframe integration and the Application Workflow Manager are only available in the Eclipse-based IDE.