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Sams Teach Yourself COBOL in 24 Hours [Kindle Edition]

Thane Hubbell
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Sams Teach Yourself COBOL in 24 Hours teaches the basics of COBOL programming in 24 step-by-step lessons. Each lesson builds on the previous one providing a solid foundation in COBOL programming concepts and techniques. This hands-on guide is the easiest, fastest way to begin creating standard COBOL compliant code. Business professionals and programmers from other languages will find this hands-on, task-oriented tutorial extremely useful for learning the essential features and concepts of COBOL programming. Writing a program can be a complex task. Concentrating on one development tool guides you to good results every time. There will be no programs that will not compile!

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Teach Yourself COBOL in 24 Hours - from my perspective
Thank you for stopping by Amazon.Com and for considering the purchase of my book. Let me take a momemt to tell you about the approach I took in the book, and why this COBOL book is different from other available titles. COBOL has been around for a long time. Many other titles try to teach you the way COBOL "was". I take a different tack. I help you learn COBOL as it "is". That means that I help you make use of all of the modern techniques and functions available in the latest accepted COBOL standard. (ANSI 85, with the '89 extensions). When writing the chapters, I consulted with students and teachers of COBOL. I concentrated on creating simple explanations for those areas of the language that were reported to be confusing, or difficult to grasp. COBOL makes an excellent first language. If you are confused by the cryptic coding of other languages, and are interested in a language that is more like English, then COBOL is for you! While geared toward the beginner, with little or no prior programming experience, experienced programmers, both COBOL and non-Cobol, can gain insight and knowledge from this title. If you have been using one of the "older" COBOL compilers, and want to learn how to use some of the "newer" features of standard COBOL, then this book can help you. I use a step by step approach. Each chapter builds on the next and reinforces the lessons already learned. The book contains everything you need to learn how to program in COBOL, and comes with a full functioning COBOL compiler provided by Fujitsu. Some people wonder why they should learn COBOL. Isn't it only used on Mainframes? COBOL is used on virtually every computing platform (including PC's) as you will find as you read the book and use the tools that are included on the CD. I really enjoyed writing the book, and I know you will enjoy reading it.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2206 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (28 Nov 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FWIJGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #691,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I have been studying Cobol for about 9 months. Due to this being a "Home Study" course I have browsed several books and manuals to compliment my supplied texts. I can honestly say that "Teach Yourself Cobol in 24 Hours" by Thane Hubbell is not only the most comprehensive introduction to cobol I have found, it is also the most readable. The examples and exercises are well thought out and give many hints as to the pitfalls encountered by newcommers and helps you to avoid common mistakes and missconceptions. The chapter on Tables (Hour 12) has aided my understanding of, what is agreed by many newcommers to be, one of the most difficult concepts to grasp. I find the lighthearted but realistic approach to this subject makes learning such a dry subject much less of a chore. This book also takes you through the use of the compiler supplied on disc so not only does it teach you cobol "Theory" but you also get to put it into practice. Before using this book my experience of compiler options and environment variables was minimal to say the least.The other programs that come with the compiler allow you to create printed reports for output and user interface screens for input with such ease it is difficult to stop "examining the potential" or playing with them as my girlfriend would say. Never the less these tools take a lot of the tedious parts of coding out of the equation and allow you to concentrate on the more vital areas of your program. In conclusion I would like to say that in my humble opinion Sams,Fujitsu and Mr Hubbell have provided a complete and comprehensive tool for getting started with cobol and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yours with immense gratitude Stu Talbot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well structured, concise - compiler excellent 14 Aug 2000
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Format:Paperback
Firstly, I have found no problems with installing the compiler. It is in a superior league to some others I have come across in the past. From this aspect alone I would recommend this book over one without a compiler attached.
SAMS books in general are pretty good, and this one is no exception. If you are a beginner, this should probably be your first stop.
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I have been studying Cobol for about 9 months. Due to this being a "Home Study" course I have browsed several books and manuals to compliment my supplied texts. I can honestly say that "Teach Yourself Cobol in 24 Hours" by Thane Hubble is not only the most comprehensive introduction to cobol I have found, it is also the most readable. The examples and exercises are well thought out and give many hints as to the pitfalls encountered by newcommers and helps you to avoid common mistakes and missconceptions. The chapter on Tables (Hour 12) has aided my understanding of, what is agreed by many newcommers to be, one of the most difficult concepts to grasp. I find the lighthearted but realistic approach to this subject makes learning such a dry subject much less of a chore. This book also takes you through the use of the compiler supplied on disc so not only does it teach you cobol "Theory" but you also get to put it into practice. Before using this book my experience of compiler options and environment variables was minimal to say the least.The other programs that come with the compiler allow you to create printed reports for output and user interface screens for input with such ease it is difficult to stop "examining the potential" or playing with them as my girlfriend would say. Never the less these tools take a lot of the tedious parts of coding out of the equation and allow you to concentrate on the more vital areas of your program. In conclusion I would like to say that in my humble opinion Sams,Fujitsu and Mr Hubbell have provided a complete and comprehensive tool for getting started with cobol and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yours with immense gratitude Stu Talbot.
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I bought this book to help prepare me for a course in programming and systems analysis. It did a lot more! I found myself actually compiling and executing programmes within the first couple of hours! I have found that the software cd provided, with fujitsu compiler, lots of info and questions and answers has put me streets ahead. I am completing 8 week sections of my course in two weeks! Excellent value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read - lives up to title 24 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm sort of cheating on this one; since Thane works for me I get to see the book way before y'all do! It will actually publish at 500 pages or so due to the great depth to which he goes into each topic. In spite of the length, it goes quickly.
I like his approach, with lots of examples, and his use of the most current COBOL standards, combined with 15 years of business experience on mainframes and PCs. His advice makes sense, works, and can be easily expanded upon. Even though I've been writing COBOL for 30 years, I learned some ways to improve my program structure.
I evaluated the book with the idea of using it as a text for a 4 credit hour Freshman or Sophomore class in compter science and found that it should do nicely, in fact the proposal is on the Dean's desk right now, with a request for Spring 1999 semester introduction.
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