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Murach's Structured COBOL Paperback – September, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Murach: Training & Reference
  • Paperback: 780 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; Pap/Cdr edition (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774059
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Please note: Murach’s Structured COBOL, ISBN: 1890774057 has been replaced by Murach’s Mainframe COBOL, ISBN: 1890774243. When Micro Focus dropped Personal COBOL, a PC compiler, we published Murach’s Mainframe COBOL, ISBN: 1890774243, in which all examples of PC COBOL have been dropped...a much cleaner presentation. And to make the new book even better for mainframe training, we added two chapters to the IBM Environment section.

We’re happy to return to straight mainframe COBOL because 95% of COBOL runs on mainframes and that’s where the customer base for training books is. In the business world, mainframe systems are still "alive" and run billions of line of code that must be maintained etc. So Murach’s Mainframe COBOL, freshens our mainframe line and ties in with our best-selling, classic books on OS/390 and z/OS JCL (1890774146), CICS (189077409X), and DB2 (1890774022).

From the Author

When we decided to update our Structured ANS COBOL books, we re-thought our approach from scratch. We wanted our new edition to be a terrific tool for beginners, but we also wanted it to be an indispensable reference for programmers on the job.

The result is Murach’s Structured COBOL, and there isn’t another COBOL book that even comes close to matching the value it delivers. If you’re new to COBOL, you’ll know more at the end of the first 5 chapters than you will from reading other COBOL books cover to cover. If you’re already working in a COBOL shop, you’ll rely on this book every day for information on coding details, statements you don’t know about, better ways of programming, and the realities of working in an IBM mainframe shop.

What’s more, all the information is presented in such a concise, time-saving way, you can find out what you want to know, when you want to know it, no matter how rushed you are. Try it yourself…you’ll find it’s an essential addition to your COBOL library.

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As with all Murach books, the focus of Structured COBOL is getting real work done in the real world.
Jay Moseley
As one who has been around COBOL programming since the early 70's when Grace Hopper introduced it, I think this is one best books on the subject ever written.
Mike Gates
Although COBOL isn't used as a regular go-to programing tool anymore, using it as a learning tool is mandatory for learning good programing practice.
j_222

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jay Moseley on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Structured COBOL is a brand new addition to the excellent catalog of mainframe computer programming books published by Mike Murach and Associates. If you are programming on the IBM mainframe platform, or intend to be, this is a title you should have on your desk. Although beginning programmers are included in the target audience, the real value of this material will be as a reference for on-the-job programmers.
At more than 760 pages, it covers everything you would need to research. Information is presented in an innovative format where each page of narrative is paired with a facing page containing a concise statement of COBOL syntax, suggested guidelines for the use of the COBOL feature, and one or more practical examples of the feature in code.
If you are a beginning programmer, the coverage of structured design, coding, and testing methodology is the best I have ever seen. Used as a text to learn COBOL, the language syntax is designed to be generic enough to work under any COBOL compiler. The chapters of the first section of the book are intended to be read in sequence as the information they provide each builds on the prior chapter. You will be writing COBOL code beginning in chapter 2. The remaining sections cover advanced, special-purpose features and techniques and may be read in the order that best suits the reader.
Although the COBOL coding is generic enough to be useful on any platform and compiler, the ultimate goal of the book is aimed at the IBM mainframe environment. The last section of the text covers such IBM specific topics as using ISPF and SDSF to edit, compile, and debug a COBOL program. It also includes sections on designing COBOL programs to run under CICS and to access DB2 databases.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Sterwe on February 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've just browsed this book, which was delivered just 5 minutes ago, but I was very disapointed. Most examples are still in the old fashion COBOL way from the 70's and are not taking advantage of "Mixed Case", "Scope Terminators"(not even mentioned in the index), which makes a COBOL program structured. Use of the "full stop (.)" should be forbidden, where it's not needed, and that's only at the end of a paragraph. Using "MOVE 'Y' TO EOF_SWITCH" instead of "Set EOF to True" even more disqualifies this book as a "structured programming" book, which should be more up-to-date in thinking of how to use Cobol. The examples on OO-Cobol seem to be ok, maybe written by another author?
This book is of course a good reference for Cobol programmers, but I was expecting a more "modern" aproach to using the Cobol language and have examples "extremly" structured and in every minute take advantage of possibilities available in the language. Younger programmers are used to other structured languages, e.g Visual Basic and Java, and should be informed that the Cobol language is not a "left over from the 60's" but is is real structured programming language. Old programs have to be rewritten or Cobol will not survive. My expectation was that Murach would help us, but this is not really the case!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Murach's Structured COBOL is a complete course in the use of COBOL in a single 780-page volume. Mike Murach, Anne Prince, and Raul Menendez collaborate to cover all aspects from getting started and special-purpose features to file handling and the use of COBOL for specific platforms. Readers will learn how to code, compile, test, and debug interactive programs; the best techniques for designing and coding structured programs; the specifics necessary for developing programs for IBM mainframes; fourteen full programs and dozens of coding examples to enable the coding of the reader's own programs; and exercises at the end of each chapter to provide a maximum amount of applied practice in a minimum of time on your own personal computer. The informative, "user friendly" text is accompanied by a CD-ROM. Murach's Structured COBOL is very highly recommended for the novice approaching COBOL for the first time, and has much of value for even the seasoned, experienced COBOL user.
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By j_222 on August 23, 2014
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Very happy with this book. He covers all the basic commands and syntax of the language AND he covers the basics of structured design.

Although COBOL isn't used as a regular go-to programing tool anymore, using it as a learning tool is mandatory for learning good programing practice. The younger generations that have not been influenced by COBOL write code that looks it. Combine it with 'Pragmatic Programmer' by Hunt and Thomas as well as a book on logic by Dover Publications and your well on your way to writing good code.
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