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Re: [open-cobol-list] IMPORTANT Documentation meeting This Sunday, 9:00

From: John Culleton
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] IMPORTANT Documentation meeting This Sunday, 9:00 AM Eastern time
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:02:29 -0500
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On Friday 19 December 2008 03:54:29 am Domain Admin wrote:
> As many of you know, there has been a LOT of activity with Open
> Cobol and with the Add 1 to Cobol project. VERY soon the next
> version is to be released. Many new libraries are being created,
> which allow us to interface OC to other languages and tools. Among
> these we've got, perl, php, SQLite, MySQL, GTK+ and many MANY
> others in the works and proof of concepts created.
> The planning stages are underway at Add 1 To COBOL for a very
> simple OC based CMS. We're calling it "add BARELY enough CMS to
> COBOL." ABECMS will be basically be a template based wrapper around
> ISAM based data. It will eventually form the groundwork for
> expanding to the more full "Add CMS to COBOL" application.
> This hearkens to be a robust, cobol based CMS. It will be modular
> CMS with many prefabbed modules including some for connecting to
> other APIs, like Amazon, Facebook, Google Maps and so on.
> Additionally it will have its own API to allow others to connect to
> your website. It will be data centric, which means that you will be
> able to easily create CRUD modules (ISAM and SQL based) by defining
> simple layouts. How will it do this?
> Well we're putting into motion the very early discussions of a
> template based Code Generator. This will allow you to get skeletons
> of your code out rapidly. We say template based and your code, VERY
> DELIBERATELY here, because the code that is generated will not be
> hard coded into the binary. Rather, this Add1 application will read
> your templates and then generate code based on the coding style YOU
> already enjoy. You will also be able to make use of other's
> templates if you wish.
> Besides this Mr. Brian Tiffin's FAQ has grown immensely. Have you
> read it lately? It can be found on the add1tocobol project's
> website at This is really no
> longer an FAQ. I want to move it to the status of an Open Cobol
> Handbook. Once it is complete I want to get it up on LULU.COM so
> that we can all have printed copies. 

As you may know printing through LSI or 360 Digital books may be more 
trouble but the cost per copy will be about half. I use Lulu for 
extremely short runs of 20 books or less. More than that a minimum 
run of 25 with the other companies mentioned will be cheaper. 

John Culleton
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