this is the home page for the bfi-toolkit project hosted at

overview: convert mainframe copybooks to xml and then do interesting stuff with it

the initial release will be a pair of awk scripts that convert copybooks to xml.
...then comes a collection of xslt stylesheets that builds stuff from the converted copybooks.
...after that will be a conversion of the awk scripts to Perl, Java and Rexx.

and just how would this be useful? speaking for myself, It saves me quite a bit of time.
my job has me creating cobol programs to get mainframe data, in order to load to a relational db, to be queried from a web-app and finally formatted as either a web page or PDF.

the toolkit generates about 90% of the necessary code in minutes as opposed to weeks. since it's useful to me, I thought I'd share.