This 2-part course is the easiest way for you to learn what you want to know about ANS COBOL, whether you're developing new programs or maintaining old ones. The two parts are independent: you can choose either or both, depending on your current level of COBOL skill (if you're learning on your own) or on what you want your programmers to learn (if you're a trainer or manager).
-- Part 1: A Course for Novices teaches people with no previous programming experience how to design and code COBOL programs that prepare reports. Because report programs often call subprograms, use Copy members, handle one-level tables, and read indexed files, this book covers those subjects, too.
In contrast to other introductory books, however, this book emphasizes program structure and logic, instead of covering so many COBOL elements. That's because we've found that many trainees have more trouble with program development than with COBOL itself. As a result, beginners will team to design and develop logical pant right from the start.
If you're a trainer or manager, you may want to make this book available in your Shop even though you expect your beginning programmers to come in knowing COBOL. A number of programmers have told us that this book cleared up questions that their college courses never answered.
-- Part 2: An Advanced Course is a complete guide to the 1974 and 1985 elements that all programmers should know how to use (although many don't). So it covers: sequential, indexed, and relative file handling...alternate indexing and dynamic processing...internal sorts and merges...the Copy library...subprograms...single- and multilevel table handling...character manipulation...and, if you'reworking on a 1974 compiler, proper use of 1974 code so your programs will be easy to convert when you switch to a 1985 compiler.
In addition, this book emphasizes program structure and logic just as Part 1 does, focusing on the requirements of edit, update, and maintenance programs. So programmers can continue to hone their design and development skills as they master new COBOL elements.
Alone or together, I'm convinced you'll find these books to be the most effective COBOL course you've ever used.
|Publisher:||Murach, Mike & Associates, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.99(w) x 9.94(h) x 1.05(d)|