Synopses & Reviews
COBOL—the language of business data processing -- has been used for accounting systems, inventory control, database maintenance, payroll systems, and many other applications. With the help of COBOL For Dummies
, you'll read and understand existing COBOL programs as well as write programs of your own. This book contains everything you need to know to store and retrieve data in files, perform calculations necessary for business operations, and organize and format data for presentation on paper and on the computer screen.
Inside, find helpful advice on how to
- Choose the right solutions for the year 2000 problem
- Use simple, step-by-step processes for defining different types of file organizations and accesses
- Create PICTURE clauses to store and format data in ways that make the most sense for your applications
- Explore the data tables that you can build inside a COBOL program to model real-world events and situations
- Set up sorting procedures capable of handling millions of records
Table of Contents
Part I: COBOL Has Structure; Boy, Does It!
Chapter 1: The Smallest COBOL Programs in the World.
Chapter 2: The Anatomy of a COBOL Program.
Chapter 3: COBOL Mechanics -- A Look under the Hood.
Part II: The DATA DIVISION Is Where You Put Things.
Chapter 4: Creating Data Descriptions: Describing the Real World or the Planet Pljfmyx.
Chapter 5: Yes, Virginia, There Is a PICTURE Clause.
Chapter 6: Literals, Constants, and Some Special Names.
Chapter 7: Several Things in One Place and Several Places for One Thing.
Part III: The PROCEDURE DIVISION Is Where You Do Things.
Chapter 8: It's PARAGRAPHs and SECTIONs THROUGH and THRU.
Chapter 9: Verbs That Change the Direction in Which COBOL Runs.
Chapter 10: Using MOVE to Put Data in Its Place.
Chapter 11: Verbs That Put Lots of Data in Lots of Places.
Chapter 12: Characters, Strings, and the Verbs That Know Them.
Part IV: Input, Output, and Sorting.
Chapter 13: Working with Sequential Input and Output.
Chapter 14: Working with Relative Files.
Chapter 15: Working with Indexed Files.
Chapter 16: Using SORT and MERGE.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Faces of the Millennium Problem.
Chapter 18: Ten Tasks That Are Really Hard to Do in COBOL.
Appendix: About the CD.
Book Registration Information.