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C for COBOL Programmers: A Business Approach 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0805316604
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This book was born of rage.

When I first tried to learn the C language in 1985, I could not find a book that made sense to me. I had been designing business systems and programming COBOL for more than 15 years. All the books on C that I found were "self-referential." That is to say, the authors had been writing C for so long that they had forgotten what it was like not to know it. I gave up after a few months. I was enraged that nobody had written a readable and useful book.

One day in 1988 my client, Rob Gillette, dropped 20 C programs on my desk and said, "Here, Jim, learn C and finish this subsystem." I went back to the bookstore and found the books to be a little better than three years before, but still not very good. I learned C, but it was a painful experience.

In 1991 I began working on business systems being developed in C. It was at this time I realized that I could write the book I had been looking for: C for COBOL Programmers.

C is just another language. Much of it works like COBOL, but with symbols instead of words. Parts of C have assumptions different from COBOL, and parts have rules different from COBOL. The purpose of this book is to use your knowledge of COBOL to teach you C. The book shows you where C works the same way as COBOL and shows you where it's different. It also focuses on the parts of C used most often in business systems.

C has some very nice features and some that are a real pain in the neck, just like COBOL.

Come on, jump in! The water's not that cold!


From the Back Cover

Written by an experienced business data systems designer and programmer, this new tutorial provides an ideal introduction to C for the COBOL programmer who wants to become proficient in the powerful C language. Featuring side-by-side comparisons of the syntax and constructs of the two languages, C for COBOL Programmers uses the reader's knowledge of COBOL to build a framework for learning C quickly and easily. The book introduces coded examples in C early, and in the context of a business environment. A complete chapter is devoted to explaining the important differences between COBOL and C for data handling and I/O, while another chapter focusses on C programming standards as applied to business data processing. A valuable appendix cross-references COBOL commands to C commands, operators, and functions.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805316604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805316605
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Haines on May 9, 2001
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I found most C training books frustrating because I had too many questions, questions about file structure, storage, and definitions. This book explained the answers in a language I could understand, Cobol. I would not use this book as the sole teacher of the C language but it sure relieved many of the frustrations I had in the beginning. Gearing's approach was almost the complete opposite of every other C book and I think I needed both approaches to obtain the desired result, learning C.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abey Elbin on June 19, 2005
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Very simple English representations and very easy to understand , when you already know COBOL. Comparisons with COBOL and C - chapters are very good. Repetions inside this book is very usefull and this will always give you a good feeling.Also you can refresh your COBOL knowhow with this Book.I am really happy to get this book.

Elbin Abey.
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More examples would have been helpful. This was a good start in learning the language but didn't go far enough.
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