Advanced COBOL for Structured and Object-Oriented Programming / Edition 3

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The classic guide to programming in COBOL-updated, expanded, and even more user-friendly than before

Advanced Cobol, Third Edition

For many years, Gary Brown's classic guide to advanced COBOL has been the on-the-job reference of choice for experienced COBOL programmers internationally. Without compromising on any of the outstanding features that made it so successful, this Third Edition has been updated and expanded to reflect all the important new trends and applications in COBOL programming. Packed with dozens of concise examples illustrating language features, and featuring several complete programs, this indispensable working resource arms you with practical coverage of:
* All essential COBOL terms, concepts, and statements
* COBOL programming solutions to the Y2K problem
* Full Screen terminal support, subprograms and functions, and COBOL Report Writer
* Items in proposed new ANSI Standard
* Object-oriented COBOL
* Obsolete statements and how to work around them
* COBOL for client/server and distributed computing
* Cross-system development
* Application programming interfaces

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"--COBOL still accounts for 80% of the estimated 300 billion lines of computer code world-wide. The Y2K problem and new security issues have created a demand for COBOL programmers that exceeds the supply."

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Library Journal
The Y2K drama will continue to grow until we ring in the new year. The problem is real; it will affect people with older PCs, and it will affect large mainframe systems that have been cobbled together from a multitude of old programming languages that few people use and understand today. Much of the retrofitting that is going on will actually introduce new bugs into the systems because the people doing the refixes didn't write the original code. These three books will be invaluable for businesspeople and consultants to larger companies dealing with major Y2K concerns. Individuals should check out The Year 2000 Personal Computer Fix-It Guide (LJ 1/99) and Y2K: The Clock Is Ticking! (Video Reviews, LJ 1/99).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471314813
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/7/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,147,450
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY DEWARD BROWN is President of Spear H. Computing Corporation, a national computer consulting firm, and a widely respected expert on mainframe systems and COBOL programming. He is also the author of System 390 JCL, Fourth Edition, also published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents


COBOL Overview.

General Language Rules.


Details of the Basic COBOL Statements.

More COBOL Statements.

Details of More Basic COBOL Statements.

Structured Programming in COBOL.

Numeric Data.

Character Data.

Data Descriptions and Records.

Printed Output.



Input/Output Concepts and Devices.

Sequential Input/Output.

Indexed and Relative Files.

Special Processing for Input/Output.

Report Writer.

Program Organization.



Advanced Character Manipulation.


Full-Screen I/O in PC Applications.



All About Dates.

Demystifying Object-Oriented COBOL.

Inside the Computer.

Reading Programs.

COBOL in Distributed Computing.

Application Programming Interfaces.

Cross-System Development.

Compile, Link, and Run Procedures.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Great Resource

    I've been out of school and programming for about 2 years now. This book is great! I highly recommend it to new and vetran COBOL programmers alike.

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