- 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: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murach's Structured COBOL Paperback – September, 2000
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From the Publisher
Please note: Murachs Structured COBOL, ISBN: 1890774057 has been replaced by Murachs Mainframe COBOL, ISBN: 1890774243. When Micro Focus dropped Personal COBOL, a PC compiler, we published Murachs 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.
Were happy to return to straight mainframe COBOL because 95% of COBOL runs on mainframes and thats 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 Murachs 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 Murachs Structured COBOL, and there isnt another COBOL book that even comes close to matching the value it delivers. If youre new to COBOL, youll know more at the end of the first 5 chapters than you will from reading other COBOL books cover to cover. If youre already working in a COBOL shop, youll rely on this book every day for information on coding details, statements you dont know about, better ways of programming, and the realities of working in an IBM mainframe shop.
Whats 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 youll find its an essential addition to your COBOL library.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
As with all Murach books, the focus of Structured COBOL is getting real work done in the real world. All of the example code in the book can be applied directly to real world situations: dealing with pre-2000 dates in legacy programs, updating sequential files using matching record techniques, and creating and updating indexed datasets with primary only or primary plus alternate record keys. There is even a section describing how to deal with maintenance on programs written prior to the advent of structured design methods.
If you are looking for a single COBOL book for your library, take a look at Murach's Structured COBOL.
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!