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COBOL for the 21st Century, 10th Edition Paperback – September 26, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0471073215 ISBN-10: 0471073210 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 10 edition (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471073210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471073215
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Instructor's Manual, Powerpoint Presentation and Transparencies available. -- The publisher, John Wiley & Sons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Traditionally one of the most popular mainframe languages, COBOL is being used for a wider array of applications thanks to new technologies. While maintaining most of the content which has made it a standard reference in COBOL programming, the eighth edition of this book is revised to meet the changing needs of programmers working with this language. In addition to complete COBOL coverage, this new edition includes coverage of interactive programming, PC COBOL, and new applications such as object-oriented programming. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By prathit_bondre@hotmail.com on February 2, 1998
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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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By An Avid reader born and raised in Calcutta on October 22, 2003
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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.
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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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This is a combined COBOL textbook & workbook in one heavy volume. It includes an overview of COBOL, Basic Operations, Basic print and edit options, advanced logic and table handling routines. It is intended for college students and requires no prior exposure to programming languages.
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I received this book at the beginning of a six-week programming 'bootcamp' a previous employer sent me to several years ago. The text progresses in a very systematic manner in which each lesson reinforced and expanded upon previous lessons. After completing the bootcamp, I spent a few years writing COBOL at various clients and this book is one of a few that served me very well during that time. My only complaint is that its size (800+ pages) and style made it less suited as the quick reference I then needed.
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