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webrabbit (MIS) (OP)
19 Dec 11 15:03
Micro Focus announces the first complete, cross-platform migration solution to move mainframe PL/I applications onto alternative platforms with minimal changes.
Crox (Programmer)
26 Dec 11 11:27
i worked with IBM's visual age for PL/I, a long time ago but it worked very well.
wkdonald (Instructor)
29 Dec 11 14:35
Unfortunately the IBM PL/I compilers for the Intell platform have been locked away under the mainframe (zOS) platform for the best part of ten years now. The only way you can get hold of a PC-based PL/I compiler from IBM is to hold a licence for the mainframe product. Clearly IBM is (not) intent on generating new interest in PL/I.

They have much the same attitude to APL2. You CAN buy a workstation licence, if you have 1600 of whatever they accept for money these days. However, unlike PL/I they do have a DOS-based (wow!) version of APL2 for you to play with.

Yes, you could swear IBM software marketing is being run by a Microsoft mole. Or certainly skippered by an individual who appears to have the intellectual capacity of said rodent.
mikrom (Programmer)
29 Dec 11 16:15
There is an obsolete demo version of Visualage PL/I for windows available here:
It's package named
It contains files dated back from 1997. I installed it and it seems to work fine on my Windows XP and Vista.
But then I didn't have a time to bother with this language.
In the time it was created it should be the best universal language and should replace COBOL and Fortran. But I think that the problem was, that PL/I is more complicated than the both older languages. So now, Fortran is still alive in the science and engineering (we have at least two free Fortran compilers - g95 and gfortran), COBOL is still used in banking (although we don't have a free compiler), but PL/I seems to be dead. There are now and then some jobs offerings with PL/I on mainframe - z/OS platform, but on other platforms like Unix, Windows, iSeries (aka AS/400) the PL/I seems to be dead.
It's pity...       
Lugnad (Instructor)
3 Jan 12 8:03
(ignore that "Instructor" in my id - I am retired)
That "obsolete demo" is fine ... but ...
While the code works fine on all windows, including windows 7
the complier linker etc will not
I use it in a virtual machine running windows 2000 under windows 7
If anyone has another way of programming in PLI under windows, please tell me

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