- Title COBOL For Dummies
- Author(s) Arthur Griffith
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (November 13, 1997)
- Paperback : 408 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10 : 0764502980
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764502989
COBOL For Dummies pdf – COBOL—the language of business data processing—has been used for accounting systems, inventory control, database maintenance, payroll systems, and many other applications. With COBOL For Dummies, you’ll read and understand existing COBOL programs as well as write your own programs. This book really shines in its explanation of input and output – two common routines that are not easy to do efficiently with COBOL. Griffith, an experienced COBOL contractor, has come up with great input, output, and sorting solutions that you can paste into your program.
This book contains everything you need to know to store and retrieve data in files, perform calculations needed for business operations, and organize and format data for presentation on paper and on a computer screen. Inside, find helpful advice on how to –
- Choose the correct solution for the year 2000 problem
- Use simple, step-by-step procedures to define different types of file organizations and accesses
- Create picture clauses to store and format the data that makes the most sense for your applications
- Explore data tables that can be created inside a COBOL program to model real-world events and situations
- Set up sorting procedures capable of handling millions of records
About the Author
Arthur Griffith was first exposed to COBOL in 1975. Although he has worked in several programming languages over the years, a COBOL project comes up from time to time. In the early 1980s, he became a compiler writer and was involved in the implementation of several computer language compilers and interpreters. This led to the implementation of a COBOL compiler on a mini-computer and a specialized SQL-like preprocessor to extend COBOL to access databases.