COBOL: From Micro to Mainframe : Preparing for the New Millennium

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The third edition of COBOL: From Micro to Mainframe is designed to satisfy all of your COBOL needs - on multiple platforms. The textbook covers all basic COBOL elements, with additional chapters on the Year 2000 problem, structured programming and design, debugging, subprograms, table processing, sorting, screen I/O, sequential file maintenance, indexed files, and object-oriented COBOL. The third edition teaches programming as it is practiced in the real world, with programming tips that go beyond the syntactical rules of COBOL, that make programs easier to maintain and run more efficiently.

Best-selling author Robert T. Grauer and co-authors Carol Vazquez Villar and Arthur R. Buss provide you with a complete learning package - available with the Micro Focus Personal COBOL for Windows compiler -that will prepare you for success with COBOL programming. Look for these enhancements in the third edition:

  • NEW -Our most important revision is an entirely new chapter on the Year 2000 problem that discusses the nature of changes that need to be made to existing COBOL programs.
  • NEW - A second new chapter is devoted to Object-Oriented COBOL Programming, an emerging technology of increased importance in the COBOL world.
  • NEW - Availability of the Micro Focus Personal COBOL for Windows with the third edition. A new appendix has been added with more than 60 screen shots describing how to use the software.

NEW AND REVISED appendix with more than 100 programming projects.

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From Coding Form to Computer 25

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DR. ROBERT T. GRAUER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at the University of Miami, where he has been honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award in the School of Business. A prolific author known for his unparalleled pedagogy, reader-friendly writing style, and Exploring Windows series, Dr. Grauer has written 30 books on programming and information systems, with more than million books in print. Dr. Grauer can be reached at

CAROL VAZQUEZ VILLAR, an instructor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at University of Miami for eight years, currently works for Andersen Consulting. She has developed and trained high performance teams on team building and communications and is currently planning and developing leadership training seminars.

DR. ARTHUR R. BUSS is Associate Professor of Computer Studies at William Jewell College, where he teaches Information Technology courses. Prior to coming to Jewell, he worked at Kmart Corporation and McDonnell Douglas as a programmer, systems analyst, and project leader. He is currently conducting studies in the Year 2000 problem and in Object-Oriented COBOL.

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