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Advanced COBOL for structured and object-oriented programming
Brown, Gary DeWard.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 640 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Advanced ANSI COBOL with structured programming. 2nd ed. c1992.

"Wiley computer publishing."

Includes index.
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QA76.73.C25 B76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The classic guide to programming in COBOL-updated, expanded, and even more user-friendly than before

Advanced Cobol, Third Edition

For many years, Gary Brown's classic guide to advanced COBOL has been the on-the-job reference of choice for experienced COBOL programmers internationally. Without compromising on any of the outstanding features that made it so successful, this Third Edition has been updated and expanded to reflect all the important new trends and applications in COBOL programming. Packed with dozens of concise examples illustrating language features, and featuring several complete programs, this indispensable working resource arms you with practical coverage of:
* All essential COBOL terms, concepts, and statements
* COBOL programming solutions to the Y2K problem
* Full Screen terminal support, subprograms and functions, and COBOL Report Writer
* Items in proposed new ANSI Standard
* Object-oriented COBOL
* Obsolete statements and how to work around them
* COBOL for client/server and distributed computing
* Cross-system development
* Application programming interfaces

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Author Notes

GARY DEWARD BROWN is President of Spear H. Computing Corporation, a national computer consulting firm, and a widely respected expert on mainframe systems and COBOL programming. He is also the author of System 390 JCL, Fourth Edition, also published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Basic Cobol
COBOL Overview
General Language Rules
Details of the Basic COBOL Statements
More COBOL Statements
Details of More Basic COBOL Statements
Structured Programming in COBOL
Numeric Data
Character Data
Data Descriptions and Records
Printed Output
Advanced Cobol
Input/Output Concepts and Devices
Sequential Input/Output
Indexed and Relative Files
Special Processing for Input/Output
Report Writer
Program Organization
Advanced Character Manipulation
Full-Screen I/O in PC Applications
Pointer Data and CICS
Beyond Cobol
All About Dates
Demystifying Object-Oriented COBOL
Inside the Computer
Reading Programs
COBOL in Distributed Computing
Application Programming Interfaces
Cross-System Development
Compile, Link, and Run Procedures