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Murach’s Mainframe COBOL

This course, which is based on the book called Murach’s Mainframe COBOL, will teach the essentials of the COBOL language, reports, file handling, CICS (for transactions) and DB2 (for databases).
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 20, 2021
Duration
5h 54m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introducing COBOL
Setting Up a COBOL Environment
Learning COBOL Syntax
Making Tables
Creating Reports
Understanding How to Use Data
Working with Copy Members and Subprograms
Using Sequential Files
Using Index Files and VSAM
Working with CICS and DB2
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 20, 2021
Duration
5h 54m
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Description

Are looking for employment opportunities with COBOL development? In this course, the learner will get comprehensive instruction on three main themes of COBOL development. First, there will be a look at using the VS Code editor and how to connect this to a live mainframe. This platform will allow for a better understanding of the fundamentals of the language, such as the commands, data structures, and the use of tools like JCL to compile and launch programs. Next, there will be a look at tables, reports and file handling. These are critical for COBOL development since the focus is on business applications. And finally, the course will look at specialized use cases. These include CICS, which allows for real-time processing of user input, and DB2, which is a relational database. At the end of this course, the learner will have the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful entry-level COBOL developer.

About the author
About the author

Tom Taulli is a developer and writer. He has been programming since he was in high school, when he wrote computer programs for magazines (yes, in the 1980s, there were publications that had code listings!). When he got into college, he started a company that sold Windows software for exam preparation. He would then go on to found other startups. Along the way, Tom has been a writer of various books like Artificial Intelligence Basics and the RPA Handbook. You can reach him taulli.com.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Tom Taulli, and welcome to my course, Murach's Mainframe COBOL. I'm a COBOL developer, as well as the author of various books such as AI Basics. COBOL is used by many of the world's largest businesses for mission‑critical applications. With a growing need for digital transformation, there has been increasing demand for COBOL programmers. This course is based on the best selling book, Murach's Enterprise COBOL, which is a comprehensive look at the language. There is also no prior experience required for this course, and you also don't have to have access to a mainframe. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include how to set up and use COBOL tools on the mainframe and a PC, look at how to use the various software systems on the mainframe, such as ISPF and TSO, learn the basic features of the language syntax and structure, look at how to use data in a COBOL program, understand how to create reports and tables, as well as how to access different types of files. Such capabilities are actually quite unique with COBOL. Look at the typical roles for a COBOL programmer, such as by focusing on maintenance programming. Understand how to apply structured programming to develop much better code. This course will also take a look at ways to improve your coding productivity. This includes using systems like copy members and subprograms. And finally, we'll learn how to use databases such as Db2 and very powerful transaction systems such as CICS. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid foundation to get started developing COBOL applications. You'll also have enough to get the interest from employers. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn COBOL with the Murach's Mainframe COBOL course, at Pluralsight.