Advanced COBOL

Course:  CBA
Duration:  4 Days
Level:  II
Course Summary

This course is designed to help students to improve their knowledge of COBOL tools, by training them in advanced language features and programming techniques.

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Topics Covered In This Course

REVIEW OF COBOL CONCEPTS

  • What is COBOL Programming
  • How Does it Fit in the Environment
  • Basic Terms and Language Structure
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • COBOL Ground Rules
  • JCL Concepts

ADVANCED COBOL LOGIC

  • Compound IF Statement
  • IF Logic Guidelines
  • The NOT Statement
  • Condition Names 88 Levels
  • The SET Statement for Condition Names
  • Testing for Blank Numeric Fields
  • COBOL 85 Changes

CONTROL BREAK LOGIC

  • Concepts
  • One-Level Control Breaks
  • Two-Level Control Breaks
  • Three-Level Control Breaks
  • Page Overflow
  • Error Testing

TABLE PROCESSING

  • Sequential Tables
  • The SEARCH Statement
  • The PERFORM VARYING Statement
  • Variable Length Tables
  • The SEARCH ALL Statement
  • Multi-dimensional Tables

COBOL SORT AND MERGE

  • Basic SORT Requirements
  • The SELECT and SD Statements
  • The SORT Statement
  • USING and GIVING Options
  • Basic MERGE Requirements
  • Sorting Table Entries
  • Other Sort Logic

VSAM FILE CONCEPTS

  • File Structures
  • KSDS Files
  • ESDS Files
  • RRDS Files
  • Alternate Indexes

VSAM PROCESSING STATEMENTS

  • The INPUT-OUTPUT Section
  • The FILE Section
  • The OPEN and CLOSE Statements
  • The READ Statement
  • The WRITE Statement

PROGRAMMING VSAM FILES

  • File Status
  • Random Processing
  • Sequential Processing
  • Relative Record Processing

MULTI-PROGRAMMING

  • Program Linkage
  • Entry Points
  • Passing Data Between Programs
  • Nested Programs
  • The CALL Statement

DEBUGGING COBOL PROGRAMS

  • Concepts
  • Types of Errors
  • Debugging Mode
  • The STATE Option
  • Storage Dumps

SUMMARY

  • COBOL Future
  • Structures Programming in COBOL
  • COBOL 85 and the Future
What You Can Expect
  • Write, execute, and debug COBOL programs using the Advanced features of COBOL.
  • Use multi-dimensional and variable length tables.
  • Use multi-program and sub-program calls
  • Use VSAM file manipulation.
  • Understand sorting, merging, and programming standards
Who Should Take This Course

Application programmers

Recommended Prerequisites

The participants should have some experience in COBOL tools.

Training Style

This class is taught by lecture with hands-on workshops.

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