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Murach's Mainframe COBOL

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Like all our books, this one has features that you won’t find in competing books. That’s why we believe that you’ll learn faster and better with our book than with any other. Here are five of those features.

•In chapters 4 and 5, you’ll learn the structured programming methods that are used in the best mainframe shops. Paul Noll, a veteran programmer and manager for Pacific Telephone (now SBC Communications), and other members of our staff pioneered these methods way back in the mid-1970s; they have been making life easier for programmers ever since; and they have become an ad hoc standard in many mainframe shops.

•Besides teaching standard COBOL, which can be run on any computer system, ours is the only book that shows you how to work in the IBM mainframe environment. And that’s where 90% or more of all the COBOL code is running.

•14 full programs and dozens of coding segments illustrate the best coding practices currently available. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’ll boost your productivity by using these as models when you code your own programs.

•All of the information in this book is presented in "paired pages" with the essential details and examples on the right and the perspective on the left. This lets you learn faster by reading less…and you won’t find anything like it in competing books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 687 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774240
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Spencer on September 19, 2004
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As a longtime mainframe programmer I have used Murach books for the times when I need a quick reminder of what COBOL statement to use and how to use it. Mike Murach has recently published a new "Mainframe COBOL" book. The Murach books feature a paired page format that has statement syntax and notes on the right hand page and detailed descriptions on the left hand page. With this format the book is useful for both the "seasoned" programmer and the newbie just getting started in writing structured COBOL programs. A new COBOL programmer can get good detailed instruction on how a structured program is designed coded and tested, the veteran can quickly access information on statement syntax and usage.

This book differs from Murach's "Structured COBOL" offering in that it has no mention of Personal or PC COBOL platforms. Those references have been replaced by chapter (17.) describing mainframe architecture, input/output devices, basic mainframe operating system features and IBM mainframe OS' that are currently used. Another new chapter (19.) gives a brief basic introduction in (AMS) Access Method Services necessary for working with VSAM files.

All in all, this book should be a good starting point for the mainframe COBOL programmer looking for a solid reference for writing batch programs. Programmers needing instruction or reference for CICS and DB2 application development should read the (also brief and basic) chapters on those subjects and then seriously consider investing in Murach's "CICS for the COBOL Programmer" and excellent "CICS Desk Reference" along with their two DB2 manuals. They also have a solid VSAM manual.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By t on April 7, 2009
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I needed to quickly get back up to speed to support a legacy system and found this title the solution to getting there. I'd worked with COBOL before, but that was quite some time ago. Thank goodness there is somebody keeping this knowledge alive and current.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 8, 2004
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The collaboration of COBOL experts Mike Murach, Anne Prince, and Raul Menendez, Murach's Mainframe COBOL is a tutorial, guide, and reference especially for anyone charged with developing or maintaining COBOL programs. Explicit examples and sample code spell out COBOL syntax in the clearest possible terms, and much of Murach's Mainframe COBOL is divided into individual sections that teach the reader how to complete any given specific task, such as "how to code select statements and FD statements" or "how to join data from two or more tables". An easy-to-follow guide for anyone learning the ins and outs of COBOL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PersonReviewing on July 15, 2011
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I love this book it is a great introduction to COBOL the IBM mainframe environment. I mainly work in C on Linux and Windows computers, but I love COBOL also though I am still learning COBOL I can see it has many benifits particularly for use in mainframe systems.

This is the only book on COBOL I have owned and I bet it is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Domenico Di Giulio on March 13, 2010
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This is a very good piece of work.

The book is good for those who have already a deep background in programming but are completely new to COBOL (like me), as well as for those who are completely new to programming in general.

It is organized by task in a series of "How to ..." short sections, which provide the reader with complete information about specific topics in the matter of COBOL programming. If you like reading (like me) and not just jumping back and forth from one section to the other, this book provides a clear, well-written, consistent and enjoyable reading. If you have no time for reading the book from the beginning to the end, you can easily find the chapter you need to read, becase as I said before the "How to ..." organization effectively drives you to the things you need. However, I would anyway suggest to read the entire book because it gives a very good path for learning COBOL in a structured way.

The book provides insights about programming on IBM z/OS systems, but also gives some information about COBOL programming with regards to other platforms. However, information about COBOL on non-mainframe platforms is often provided with focus on the differences with the IBM mainframe, so this is not the best choice if you're looking for COBOL programming on .NET or other (but ... is there anyone who writes in COBOL out of a mainframe shop ?).

Last but not least, there are tons of good examples in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter on June 8, 2013
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The institution that is teaching us recommended for the class and uses their examples.
The illustrations help considerably. It is very complete and on this subject COBOL it probably
is the best because it makes things clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dwight B. Hicks on August 14, 2006
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This book is written in an easy to read and understand format. A good refresher for anyone that needs it and will serve as a good future reference book. Very good simple examples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kostus on January 6, 2013
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Having worked with COBOL for some 25 years, it is one of the best and most through, complete books I have ever found. Murach's books are always excellent.
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