Murach's Mainframe COBOL / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Specifically addressing COBOL programming for IBM mainframes, this tutorial and reference starts by showing how to code and test simple programs that prepare reports, then shows how to design more complicated programs using structured programming techniques, work with tables, and maintain records in sequential, indexed, and relative files. The final section discusses program compilation on IBM mainframes, VSAM, CICS, and DB2 databases. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Murach's Mainframe COBOL based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
As a longtime mainframe programmer I have used Murach books for the times when I need a quick reminder of what COBOL statement to use and how to use it. Mike Murach has recently published a new ¿Mainframe COBOL¿ book. The Murach books feature a paired page format that has statement syntax and notes on the right hand page and detailed descriptions on the left hand page. With this format the book is useful for both the ¿seasoned¿ programmer and the newbie just getting started in writing structured COBOL programs. A new COBOL programmer can get good detailed instruction on how a structured program is designed coded and tested, the veteran can quickly access information on statement syntax and usage. This book differs from Murach¿s ¿Structured COBOL¿ offering in that it has no mention of Personal or PC COBOL platforms. Those references have been replaced by chapter (17.) describing ainframe architecture, input/output devices, basic mainframe operating system features and IBM mainframe OS¿ that are currently used. Another new chapter (19.) gives a brief basic introduction in (AMS) Access Method Services necessary for working with VSAM files. All in all, this book should be a good starting point for the mainframe COBOL programmer looking for a solid reference for writing batch programs. Programmers needing instruction or reference for CICS and DB2 application development should read the (also brief and basic) chapters on those subjects and then seriously consider investing in Murach¿s ¿CICS for the COBOL Programmer¿ and excellent ¿CICS Desk Reference¿ along with their two DB2 manuals. They also have a solid VSAM manual.