Run COBOL / gnuCOBOL using MSYS2 in Windows

Submitted by Dickens A S on Mon, 07/12/2021 - 03:55
Run COBOL in windows

Why COBOL in 2021?

The reason is, many migration still happening from mainframe COBOL to Java or .NET

If the developer knows how test the COBOL in his local machine, then it benefits the migration to speed up

This article demonstrates the Cygwin dependencies to compile gnuCOBOL from source code

Mainframe is going through another refresh cycle to make mainframe available in Cloud based IDE like Eclipse CHE

It is important to learn to COBOL

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Cucumber text copy paste editor automation

Submitted by Dickens A S on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 18:58

Kick start notepad or text editor automation in cucumber

You need to keep a notepad or any other text editor with some text and keep you cursor any one line

The automation will press the below sequence of keys to do a entire line copy paste 

  1. HOME
  2. SHIFT + END
  3. CTRL + C
  4. END
  5. ENTER
  6. CTRL + V

Source Code

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Kickstart Kotlin Open JavaFX 14 Minecraft Game like UI

Submitted by Dickens A S on Sat, 09/19/2020 - 10:53

Easily create Kotlin based JavaFX Minecraft game using boilerplate Gradle DSL

Below code explains how to write grid pane to create many small size buttons and keep then close without padding.

This is allows the developer to assume games like minecraft, terraria etc.

gridPane.add is the function allows the buttons needs to added.

Kotlin Code

Kickstart Kotlin Open JavaFX 14

Submitted by Dickens A S on Fri, 09/18/2020 - 17:14

Easily create Kotlin based JavaFX using boilerplate Gradle DSL

A Simple JavaFX code without installed JavaFX can be done.

In gradle the library marked with a name openjfx(<library>)


This openjfx can be used in Copy step as below


Kotlin Code

Eclipse STM32 Blinky ARM Hello World

Submitted by Dickens A S on Sat, 09/12/2020 - 05:21

Without writing any code you simply run the blinky project from eclipse by doing the below installation steps

Step 1: Install Nodejs

Install Nodejs

Node js can be installed using a standard EXE provided by nodejs vendor.

Download the installed and install it as usual.

The nodejs will be automatically available in PATH environment variable allowing it to be executed from any prompt.

Use FTP with MVS 3.8 TK MAINFRAME in windows

Submitted by Dickens A S on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 05:11

It is easy to use FTP with the MVS 3.8 Turnkey in windows

first enable command mode in windows

open command prompt and goto "unattended" folder


And issue the below commands

C:\MyFiles\mvs>cd unattended


Hercules console mode activated for unattended operations (mvs.bat)
Press any key to continue...

C:\MyFiles\mvs\unattended>cd ..

Then start mvs from the same command prompt

Run MVS 3.8 or MAINFRAME in windows using docker

Submitted by Dickens A S on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 05:58

It is easy to run Mainframe in windows using docker.

In docker cloud the image for hercules emulator is already available.

The corresponding the image for the MVS turnkey is also embedded inside the image

this Article explains how start the image and login to the MVS system.