Cobol for Students. Edition No. 4

  • ID: 1758561
  • Book
  • 352 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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COBOL for Students has established itself as one of the most successful teaching texts on COBOL programming and is now in its fourth edition. The first part of the book concentrates on the fundamentals of the language and takes students to the point where they can write modestly sized programs using sequential files. Part two assumes competence in elementary COBOL and explains design and other programming techniques which should be part of the professional programmer's repertoire. Part three extends the student's knowledge of the language by explaining some of the more advanced features of COBOL.

Written for students learning COBOL for the first time, it takes the reader from the basic fundamentals right through to some of the more advanced features in one handy, and inexpensive volume. As many lecture courses have been based upon earlier editions of this book, this edition maintains the highly successful style and format and has been updated to include the 'Intrinsic Function Module for COBOL'. (This is the ANSI Standard X3.23a-1989 (COBOL 89) which has also been adopted as ISO International Standard 1989 Addendum 1 (an addendum to the ANSI Standard X3.23-1985 (COBOL 85)) and consists mainly of 42 predefined functions related to many different application areas).

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Part 1: Fundamentals
Background concepts: a review
COBOL essentials
The arithmetic verbs
Transfer of control
The DATA DIVISION
Further data division entries
File handling and moving data in memory
Redefinition, subscripts
More about conditions and the PERFORM statements
IDENTIFICATION and ENVIRONMENT DIVISIONS
Part 2: Programming in COBOL
Structured programming constructs
Structured program design
Documentation
Program testing
String handling techniques
Programming interactive dialogues
Table manipulation
Part 3: Further COBOL
Further general features
The report writer
Direct access files
Subprograms and nested programs
SORTing
Intrinsic functions
Part 4: Appendices
Example program
A selection of practical exercises
COBOL 85 reserved words
ANS COBOL 85 language formats
Index.
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