Getting Started with Mainframe COBOL

This course serves as an introduction to programming in COBOL, especially on the Mainframe, through use of a real-world example program.
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(35)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 12, 2017
Duration
2h 41m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(35)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 12, 2017
Duration
2h 41m
Description

COBOL seems to have more lives than a herd of cats. The death of COBOL has been touted for years - nay, decades. Yet, according to some estimates, there are well over 200 BILLION lines of COBOL code out there - and more code is being generated every day. In this course, Getting Started with Mainframe COBOL, you will learn many of the basics of the oft underestimated language that is COBOL by using it to solve a real-world business request. First, you'll learn all about the history of COBOL. Next, you'll explore the COBOL program structure. Finally, you'll wrap up this course by learning about data types and then trying your hand at writing a real-world COBOL program. By the end of this course, you'll understand the basics of COBOL, including being able to successfully write your own programs.

About the author
About the author

Tim has been programming professionally for over 20 years. He has written in Assembly for various CPUs, C/C++, COBOL, Ideal, RPGII, and many other languages, from PCs to Mainframes. Tim has taught night classes at Keene State College and currently teach Martial Arts.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Tim Slate, and welcome to my course, Getting Started with Mainframe COBOL. Let my 25 years of experience be your guide as you venture into the still-growing world of mainframe COBOL programming. There are an estimated 200 billion lines of COBOL code running systems across all four corners of the globe, though I'm confused as to how a globe has corners, but I digress. Further, an estimated 50% of current COBOL programmers are at or past retirement age, providing significant long-term employment opportunities for those entering the field. This course introduces you to mainframe COBOL programming. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the history of COBOL, COBOL program structure, data types typically not found in non-mainframe environments and oh yeah, writing a real-world COBOL program. By the end of this course, you'll understand the basics of COBOL including being able to successfully write your own programs. You'll also have an appreciation for why COBOL has endured for over 50 years and why it still has at least another 50 years of life ahead. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with basic programming concepts including being comfortable with ideas like fields, variables, files, and bytes. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn mainframe COBOL programming with the Getting Started with Mainframe COBOL Course at Pluralsight.