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This course is designed for students who desire a more in depth understanding of Cobol.

Course Outline

This course is designed for students who desire a more in depth understanding of Cobol.


Upon completion of this course, the student should have the ability to:
  • Complete a KSDS Vsam random update program, with an optional sequential reading through an alternate index
  • Complete a program that loads a table from an external file using a perform varying and then later on in the program perform a serial search on the table. Also define another table using the redefines technique and perform a binary search on it
  • Complete a program the sorts a file with data provided from an input procedure and produces a report using an output procedure
  • Complete a dynamically subprogram that will be called a provided main program
  • Write a sequential master file update program
  • Complete a two level control break report with control heading and control footings
  • Complete a program that will inspect input records and unstring the text in them
  • VSAM file concepts and processing techniques
  • Advanced table handling
  • Advanced sort merge processing
  • Subprogram concept
  • Nested program concept
  • Numeric data types
  • COBOL compiler options useful for testing and debugging
  • Match merge processing
  • Control break logic

Application programmers and analysts

Course Outline

I. VSAM File Concepts and Processing Techniques

A. I/O verbs
1. Start
2. Read
3. Write
4. Rewrite
5. Delete
B. VSAM status 1 field
C. VSAM status 2 field
D. Access random vs. dynamic

II. Advanced Table Handling

A. One dimensional
B. Two dimensional
C, Three dimensional
D. Occurs depending on
E. Indexing vs. sub-scripting
F. Binary search vs. sequential

III. Advanced Sort Merge Processing

A. Special registers
B. Using
C. Giving
D. Input procedure
E. Output procedure

IV. Subprogram Concept

A. Static vs. dynamic calls
B. Passing parameter addresses
C. Linkage section requirements
D. JCL parameter processing
E. Usage of external data items and
F. Program ID common option

V. Numeric Data Types

A. Internal representation
B. Recommendations on usage
1. External decimal
2. Packed decimal
3. Binary

VI. COBOL Compiler Options Useful for Testing and Debugging

A. Offset/list
E. Test(,sym)
F. Flag(I,w)
G. Process (cbl) statement
H. *cbl statement

VII. Match Merge Processing

A. Sequential master file updating,
design and logic flow

VIII. Control Break Logic
Prerequisites & Certificates

The student should have a basic understanding of COBOL.

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
10 Day cancellation required for all courses in order to get a full refund.
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I took the training remotely so I cannot comment on some of the questions. I think that this seminar has too much content to squeeze it into one week.... might be better as a two week course?
Reviewed by 2013
found the material very helpful - although there was a lot of material covered - the pace was well set. Would definitely recommend people to have explored Microsoft Access beforehand to be familiarized with the program before taking the course. I would imagine someone without any exposure would find it confusing. Environment really good - people very, very nice and helpful. Would definitely take the next level of access with the same training facility.
Reviewed by 2013
I was not in the physical classroom. Feedback centered around online training would be good because now I have to rate items that I was not present for. Those items are getting half a star because I was not there to rate them. The course material must go through an editing process. There are a lot of grammar mistakes, but also a lot of actual procedure/activity mistakes.
Reviewed by 2012

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