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Structured COBOL Workshop for Enterprise COBOL

Recommended Duration:
5 Days
Enterprise COBOL. Also appropriate for shops running COBOL for OS/390 and VM, COBOL for MVS & VM, COBOL/370, VS COBOL II, COBOL for VSE, or any ANSI 85 COBOL.
Students who complete this course will be able to write or maintain COBOL programs that do not require advanced capabilities of the language. The emphasis here is learning the basics of the language, along with developing program design skills using pseudocode.
Experienced programmers needing to learn COBOL an additional language. Entry level programmers learning COBOL as their first programming language.
The student entering this course should have 3 months recent experience using ISPF/PDF especially the text editor and should be able to code JCL to run simple batch jobs or have completed an "TSO/ISPF on z/OS" and "z/OS JCL and Utilities" courses within the last 12 months. Some introduction to data processing concepts is also recommended. 
Major Topics
  • The COBOL language
  • ANSI standards
  • EBCDIC / ASCII / Unicode Coding Schemes
  • Data descriptions
  • Sequential files
  • Major COBOL verbs
  • Pseudocode and program design
  • Working with print files
  • Intrinsic functions
  • Using File Status
  • The COPY statement
  • Advanced currency capabilities
  • Line Sequential files
There are 17 hands-on exercises.   Platforms Supported The exercises can run on any version of z/OS and OS/390. Although the course is designed with the IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS and OS/390 compiler in mind, the content applies to IBM COBOL for OS/390 & VM with the exception of Unicode support.