Micro Focus Announces Winner of Global COBOL Coding Contest

Micro Focus Announces Winner of Global COBOL Coding Contest 
Students and Community Developers Use COBOL to Design and Develop
Video Games 
NEWBURY, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 03/25/14 --   Micro Focus
(LSE: MCRO), a leading provider of enterprise application
modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced
Marco Cavanna, a community developer from Italy, as the winner of its
Global COBOL Coding Contest. Student and community developers across
the world were challenged to design and develop a video game program
using Micro Focus' Visual COBOL Personal Edition, in a bid to win a
cash prize of $1,000, an iPad Mini and other great prizes.  
The contest, which ran from October 7th to December 17th, 2013, asked
contestants to create a video game, using at least 50% Visual COBOL.
Cavanna created a modernized Visual COBOL version of the arcade
classic computer game, Snake. Using COBOL at the heart of the game,
he has produced one of the world's first 3D graphics gaming engines
in COBOL.  
Competition entries were judged by Micro Focus on a number of
criteria including creativity, functionality, capability, experience
and core technology requirements. Winners of the COBOL Code Contest include: 

--  First Prize: A modernized Visual COBOL version of Snake, by Marco
    Cavanna, from Italy
--  Second Prize: A modernized Visual COBOL version of Black Jack, by
    Ahmed Alamar, from USA
    --  Ahmed recreated the look and feel of the card table, with an
        overlay of playing cards and an endless supply of money
--  Joint Third Prize: Modernized Visual COBOL versions of the classic
    games, Minefield, by Antonio Joao and Towers of Hanoi, by Braulio
    Fidellis, both from Brazil
    --  Antonio localized and created icons and graphics by hand to give
        his game a Brazilian twist
    --  Braulio wrote his game application to demonstrate the versatility
        and accuracy of COBOL

"We wanted our Global Code Contest to highlight the flexibility and
simplicity of today's COBOL technology," said Ed Airey, product
marketing director for COBOL Solutions at Micro Focus. "Although
COBOL is far from synonymous with video games, the entrants have
demonstrated the innovative and versatile nature of the language.
Interestingly, all contestants chose to use 100% COBOL, highlighting
its unrivalled ease of use, and Cavanna's game stood out as it
showcases what is possible through modern COBOL capability." 
Commenting on the value of COBOL, Kevin Brearley, director of product
management at Micro Focus, added: "COBOL currently supports 90% of
Fortune 500 business systems and many organizations will continue to
use it for decades to come. It's therefore vital to encourage, train
and support the next generation of COBOL developers. Our contest
demonstrates how simply and efficiently people can learn COBOL and
how proficient Visual COBOL can be in delivering innovation by
enhancing existing applications."  
Notes to Editors 
For further information on the winning entries, please
The winning entries can be viewed on the entrant's personal websites: 
Italy: http://www.goodworks.it/?q=snake3d 
USA: http://ahmetoncobol.tumblr.com/ 
Brazil: http://ajsauro.blogspot.com.br/ 
About Micro Focus 
Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software
that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of
their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application
Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers'
business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and
embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For
additional information please visit www.microfocus.com 
About the Micro Focus Academic Program
 The Academic Program supports
new and existing university IT programs to meet the demands of
today's business organizations, facilitates greater collaboration
between businesses and academic communities and provides an interface
through which existing students can connect with prospective
employers seeking COBOL based development skills. For further
information on Micro Focus' Academic Program, please visit:

--  A poll of academic leaders from 119 universities across the world in
    February 2013 saw more than half (58%) say they believed COBOL
    programming should be on their curriculum, with 54% estimating the
    demand for COBOL programming skills would increase or stay the same
    over the next 10 years. That's a far cry from today's reality. Of the
    27% confirming COBOL programming was part of their curriculum; only
    18% had it as a core part of the course, while the remaining 9% made
    it an elective component.
--  Bridging the COBOL skills gap infographic

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