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COBOL for the 21st Century

COBOL for the 21st Century - 11th edition

COBOL for the 21st Century - 11th edition

ISBN13: 9780471722618

ISBN10: 0471722618

COBOL for the 21st Century by Nancy Stern, Robert A. Stern and James P. Ley - ISBN 9780471722618
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 11TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International: No
COBOL for the 21st Century by Nancy Stern, Robert A. Stern and James P. Ley - ISBN 9780471722618

ISBN13: 9780471722618

ISBN10: 0471722618

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 11TH 06

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COBOL....Still standing tall.

Just like the evergreen, the COBOL programming language has remained vibrant and full of life year after year. Today, COBOL is running a large number of the world's business data applications, and it's likely to remain a viable language in the years ahead.

Now in its 11th Edition, Nancy Stern, Robert Stern, and James Ley's COBOL for the 21st Century continues to show how to design COBOL programs that are easy to read, debug, modify, and maintain. You'll learn to write interactive programs as well as batch programs with sophisticated file processing techniques, and become familiar with valuable information processing and systems concepts.


  • Updated to reflect COBOL 2008, where appropriate.
  • A chapter on the Report Writer Module.
  • More end-of-chapter questions.
  • A running case study builds on what you have learned in each chapter.
  • Integrated coverage of interactive programming.
  • Covers information processing and systems concepts that will help you interact with users and systems analysts when designing programs.
  • Introduces programming tools such as pseudocode and hierarchy charts that make program logic more structured, modular, and top-down.
  • Presents useful techniques for maintaining and modifying older "legacy" programs.
  • Effective learning tools, including chapter outlines and objectives, debugging tips and exercises, critical-thinking questions, and programming assignments.
  • Links to COBOL Internet resources.
  • Companion Website (, featuring a syntax reference guide, data sets for all programming assignments, and all programs illustrated in the book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Unit I: The Basics.

1. An Introduction to Structured Program Design in COBOL.
4. Coding Complete COBOL Programs: The PROCEDURE DIVISION.

Unit II: Designing Structured Programs.

5. Designing and Debugging Batch and Interactive COBOL Programs.
6. Moving Data, Printing Information, and Displaying Output Interactively.
7. Computing in COBOL: The Arithmetic Verbs and Intrinsic Functions.
8. Decision Making Using the IF and EVALUATE Statements.
9. Iteration: Beyond the Basic PERFORM.

Unit III: Writing High-Level COBOL Programs.

10. Control Break Processing.
11. Data Validation.
12. Array Processing and Table Handling.

Unit IV: File Maintenance.

13. Sequential File Processing.
14. Sorting and Merging.
15. Indexed and Relative File Processing.

Unit V: Advanced Topics.

16. Improving Program Performance Using the COPY, CALL, and Other Statements.
17. The Report Writer Module.


A. COBOL Character Set and reserved Words.
B. Differences Among the COBOL Standards.
C. Glossary.