IDE Cobol offers a simple working environment and standard tools for creating, compiling and executing commands in the old MS-Cobol 80.
While the language is no longer in use, the application can act as an educational utility for the basics of programming.
Note that it is not compatible with newer operating systems, since IDE Cobol has not been updated for a very long time.
The interface is made from a single window with a plain layout that resembles a common word processor. Aside from writing code, you can cut, copy and paste selections, use a search and replace function, as well as change the font.
The status bar shows the current row and column position. You can print projects, save them as COBOL files (COB format), as well as compile and run code. There are no other options available in this tool.
Although there is no user manual available for explaining COBOL commands, IDE Cobol supplies 12 templates that you can work with. Plus, it supports two UI languages (English and Portuguese).
As expected, the tool does not hog system resources, using minimal CPU and RAM. It works smoothly on Windows XP. All in all, IDE Cobol proposes a simple review on this old programming language, since it is accompanied by simplistic features.
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