Murach's Mainframe COBOL
Mike Murach, Anne Prince, and Raul Menendez
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This is the latest edition of our classic COBOL book that has set the standard for structured design and coding since the mid-1970s. So if you want to learn how to write COBOL programs the way they're written in the best enterprise COBOL shops, this is the book for you. And when you're done learning from this book, it becomes the best reference you'll ever find for use on the job.
Throughout this book, you'll learn how to use COBOL on IBM mainframes because that's where 90% or more of all COBOL is running. But to work on a mainframe, you need to know more than just the COBOL language. That's why this book also shows you:
how to use the ISPF editor for entering programs
how to use TSO/E and JCL to compile and test programs
how to use the AMS utility to work with VSAM files
how to use CICS for developing interactive COBOL programs
how to use DB2 for developing COBOL programs that handle database data
how to maintain legacy programs
If you want to learn COBOL for other platforms, this book will get you off to a good start because COBOL is a standard language. In fact, all of the COBOL that's presented in this book will also run on any other platform that has a COBOL compiler. Remember, though, that billions of lines of mainframe COBOL are currently in use, and those programs will keep programmers busy for many years to come.
If you already have the previous edition of this book, Murach's Structured COBOL...
You probably don't need this mainframe edition because much of the material is the same. Basically, we've changed the focus in this edition to reflect the predominance of mainframe COBOL in today's world. (There is a new chapter on VSAM files, but you can get that material in an expanded form in our JCL book.)