A Tool for Transitioning COBOL Programmers to Ada
Transitioning of large systems from one environment to another involves a large front-end cost of “porting people” to the destination environment. Programmers who have been working in the old environment for several years have gained considerable expertise in using that environment. Capitalizing on that expertise while training these programmers to use the new environment is very useful in increasing productivity in the new environment and in reducing the front-end cost of the transition.
Information System Engineering Command has many experienced COBOL programmers with considerable expertise in using an existing environment that is being transitioned from COBOL to Ada, and from batch oriented file systems to interactive database oriented systems. Ada training of these programmers benefits from capitalizing on the understanding these programmers have of the data structures they deal with, and of the software engineering principles they use in developing their systems. We are developing a Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) package that uses such a philosophy.
KeywordsTrainee Schedule Package Body Data Flow Diagram Considerable Expertise Computer Assist Instruction
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