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Structured COBOL Programming [Paperback]

Nancy Stern , Robert A. Stern , James P. Ley


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18 Mar 2003
A hardy perennial!
Despite years of dire predictions, COBOL is still thriving. In fact, it′s practically a perennial. New version of COBOL for PCs now enable you to use COBOL to develop interesting graphical user interfaces, create Web pages, and even incorporate components from other languages such as Visual Basic.
Now with COBOL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, 10/E, you can take advantage of these exciting new developments and learn how to become a master COBOL programmer.
Features:
∗ Includes new integrated coverage of interactive programming.
∗ Shows how to design programs that area easy to read, debug, modify, and maintain.
∗ Covers information processing and systems concepts that will help you interact with users and systems analysts when designing programs.
∗ Introduces you to 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.
∗ Includes a student CD containing all data for all programming assignments as well as the full Practice Program from each chapter.

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A hardy perennial!
Despite years of dire predictions, COBOL is still thriving. In fact, it′s practically a perennial. New version of COBOL for PCs now enable you to use COBOL to develop interesting graphical user interfaces, create Web pages, and even incorporate components from other languages such as Visual Basic.
Now with COBOL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, 10/E, you can take advantage of these exciting new developments and learn how to become a master COBOL programmer.
Features:
∗ Includes new integrated coverage of interactive programming.
∗ Shows how to design programs that area easy to read, debug, modify, and maintain.
∗ Covers information processing and systems concepts that will help you interact with users and systems analysts when designing programs.
∗ Introduces you to 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.
∗ Includes a student CD containing all data for all programming assignments as well as the full Practice Program from each chapter.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but the single best COBOL book I've encountered 18 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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University-textbook style, with great organization, readable two-color text, comprehensive index, and discussion of COBOL topics (like reference modification) that I have not seen properly addressed in other COBOL books.
Distinction is also made throughout the text between COBOL 74 and COBOL 85, with separate code examples for each.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best , but can be made the best. 2 Feb 1998
By prathit_bondre@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Well first of all i would like to thank you for publishing such a fantastic book . It is simply great. But the topics which i feel need to be touched upon are : 1. Embedded SQL using COBOL as the host language which will help the user to understand how COBOL can access databases. I am not saying that this should be covered in detail but it should be brushed upon. Embedded SQL is a topic in itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is not for programmers who want to study COBOL after working with object-oriented languages. 7 Jan 2007
By E. Litvin - Published on Amazon.com
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I get this book at work like main manual for all our mainframe COBOL programmers. All the mainframe COBOL people in our shop are old-timers with more then 15 years experience. This book for them is like a bible. I'm object-oriented programmer working with G4 languages almost 14 years. This book for me was like 15 years ago. So I bought for my self new-days COBOL books and was able to study this language. I keep this COBOL book on my desk in case I have to communicate with current mainframe programmers. It helps me to understand what they want and explain to them various programming situations.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Structured Cobol Programming 22 Oct 2003
By An Avid reader born and raised in Calcutta - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been working as a COBOL programmer since 1993. I learnt COBOL using this book. This book is excellent for beginners as they start off with simple examples and slowly get into the details of programming. It needs to have details about embedded SQLs alongwith various ways of compiling embedded SQLs for different OS and DBs.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well designed book 2 Mar 2006
By George Sayakian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
COBOL, indeed it is still very widely used today and it is here to stay for a good while, especially with COBOL 2008 coming up.

If you have no knowledge in COBOL whatsoever, this book will be your starting point.

The thing I like about this book is how they give the many variations of how you can use a certain piece of code, like the many variations of using the EVALUATE statement.

The authors is not boring. He's straight to the point and tells you on many occasions what types of mistakes to avoid because we all know how long COBOL programs can be to debug.

There is always a different example in each chapter and as the author is adding to the example, the full program is given with sample outputs and the code is available from the CD for you to also test.

On top of that, it has colors and gridlines when needed so COBOL code is quite readable.
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