COBOL for the 21st Century
COBOL . . . Still standing tall.
Just like the evergreen, the COBOL programming language has remained vibrant and full of life year after year. Today, COBOL is running a large number of the world's business data applications, and it's likely to remain a viable language in the years ahead.
Now in its 11th Edition, Nancy Stern, Robert Stern, and James Ley's COBOL for the 21st Century continues to show how to design COBOL programs that are easy to read, debug, modify, and maintain. You'll learn to write interactive programs as well as batch programs with sophisticated file processing techniques, and become familiar with valuable information processing and systems concepts.
* Updated to reflect COBOL 2008, where appropriate.
* A chapter on the Report Writer Module.
* More end-of-chapter questions.
* A running case study builds on what you have learned in each chapter.
* Integrated coverage of interactive programming.
* Covers information processing and systems concepts that will help you interact with users and systems analysts when designing programs.
* Introduces programming tools such as pseudocode and hierarchy charts that make program logic more structured, modular, and top-down.
* Presents useful techniques for maintaining and modifying older "legacy" programs.
* Effective learning tools, including chapter outlines and objectives, debugging tips and exercises, critical-thinking questions, and programming assignments.
* Links to COBOL Internet resources.
* Companion Website (www.wiley.com/college/stern), featuring a syntax reference guide, data sets for all programming assignments, and all programs illustrated in the book.
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The Nature of COBOL
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Alphanumeric AMT-IN AMT1 AMT2 ARE-THERE-MORE-RECORDS batch program blank called program characters COBOL program coded COLUMN compiler contain control break DATA DIVISION data-name debugging decimal point defined disk file EBCDIC END MOVE END-IF end-of-file END-READ END-PERFORM ENVIRONMENT DIVISION example executed Figure FILE SECTION file-name hierarchy chart IDENTIFICATION DIVISION indexed file indexed master input file input record integer interactive programs INVALID KEY key field main module master file master record MORE-DATA NAME-IN NAME-OUT nonnumeric literal numeric field OPEN INPUT option ORGANIZATION IS LINE output area paragraph paragraph-name PIC clause PIC X(5 PICTURE clause print or display Printer Spacing Chart PROCEDURE DIVISION PROGRAM-ID Programming Assignment pseudocode READ receiving field RECORD KEY Record Layout RELATIVE KEY report-item SALARY screen SELECT statement sending field sequence specified STOP RUN structured program syntax error T-ACCT-NO TOTAL transaction record update VALUE SPACES WORKING-STORAGE SECTION WRITE PRINT-REC ZEROS