Structured COBOL Programming: For the Year 2000 and Beyond / Edition 9

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A popular text, noted for its extensive pedagogy and unparalleled ability to crystallize difficult, technical concepts accurately. In this edition COBOL-85 is given primary emphasis and the latest standard, COBOL 199x is highlighted throughout. Contains increased coverage of object-oriented COBOL, pseudocodes and programming on microcomputers. Features all new practice programs, a novel multimedia slide program and a new, more powerful compiler--MicroFocus Personal COBOL.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471318811
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Structured Program Design in COBOL 2
2 The Identification and Environment Divisions 35
3 The Data Division 58
4 Coding Complete COBOL Programs: The Procedure Division 100
5 Designing and Debugging Batch and Interactive COBOL Programs 132
6 Moving Data, Printing Information, and Displaying Output Interactively 188
7 Computing in COBOL: The Arithmetic Verbs and Intrinsic Functions 250
8 Decision Making Using the IF and EVALUATE Statements 292
9 Iteration: Beyond the Basic PERFORM 335
10 Control Break Processing 374
11 Data Validation 422
12 Array Processing and Table Handling 456
13 Sequential File Processing 540
14 Sorting and Merging 588
15 Indexed and Relative File Processing 625
16 Improving Program Productivity Using the COPY, CALL and Other Statements 694
17 The Report Writer Module 719
18 An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming 747
App. A COBOL Character Set and Reserved Words A-2
App. B Differences Among the COBOL Standards A-7
App. C COBOL and the Year 2000 Problem A-11
App. D Glossary A-23
Index I-1
Interpreting Instruction Formats
Program Design Features
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    Great reference!

    Great text, explains everything in detail. The practice programs are good reference tools for writing your own programs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    The best programming/computer book I've yet read.

    Out of the three computer courses I have taken lately, this is the only text that was not horrible. It was even excellent. The book anticipates what the reader needs to know and explains it with nearly perfect succinctness--not too much or too little explanation. The book is definitely written for the beginning programmer and, I feel, really strips you of such a moniker. I wouldn't say that about too many texts I've read about computers/programming. I have, however, had the luxury of taking a course in COBOL using this book; using the text alone to learn the subject may be a bit more of a challenge. But I would think that, without the classroom experience too, my opinion would remain the same. The class in which I'm learning COBOL was billed as an introduction to programming. I would have been very displeased that I was learning COBOL if the text was poorly written, confusing, or the like. But the good text makes me more happy that I happen to be learning a somewhat 'out of date' programming language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000


    I am a college senior at an accredited business school in Baltimore, Md. My course in COBOL was a breeze with this book. It really helped with some of the tough stuff like file processing.

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