The Cobol Handbook

The Cobol Handbook : A Modular Approach

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This comprehensive text is divided into four parts and takes a modular approach. Part one explains the four divisions of a COBOL program as well as the basic syntax rules of the language. Part two presents the COBOL algorithms that are in common use among professional programmers. Part three discusses all COBOL verbs covered in the text, along with clauses, phrases and other language elements not covered previously. This is done in alphabetical order, making this handbook an excellent reference tool. The final section presents 20 individual programming modules, each consisting of a package of materials designed from realistic business settings. The text includes in-text teaching aids and assignments and is further enhanced by the author's vivid examples and logical explanations. This book should be of interest to students taking introductory courses in COBOL.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • PWS
  • London, United States
  • English
  • glossary, index
  • 0534100384
  • 9780534100384

Table of contents

Part I: The basics. The COBOL language and its syntax. Coding the identification and environment division. Identifying and defining program output. Identifying and defining program input. Introduction to the procedure division. Part II: The algorithms. The standard program algorithm. Creating a sequential file. Coding the edit program. Writing the control break program. Using indexed files in COBOL programs. Updating a master file. Sorting in a COBOL program. Using tables in a COBOL program. Part III: The building blocks. All COBOL verbs, clauses, phrases, and other language elements presented in alphabetical order and discussed in detail. Part IV: The applications. A case study of a fictional company, Prestige Gifts Inc followed by 10 programming modules that ask the students to write integrated programs geared to the needs of the company.
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