iSeries COBOL Programming

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I need to learn all features of programming COBOL in iSeries (compile, set up data file, run job, create report, modify test data file.........), from which web site can I quickly learn? Is there any tutor available out there? Thanks a lot for your info.

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There is a lot to learn in COBOL. That is why when I took it in college it was a 2 semester course. It’s a lot different than other coding languages.  For starters you can pick up any of the COBOL for dummies books to get you going, or check out this link for a tutorial.

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  • WoodEngineer
    One learning technique I found helpful is starting with a simple COBOL program and mading some modifications. Once that is accomplished then try something a bit more complex. This way you can have small successes early in the learning process.
    There is a reason ToddN's college taught the course over two semesters.
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  • GregManzo
    I've found w3schools website to be helpful, but I haven't looked at what they have on COBOL.
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  • ToddN2000
    I know other languages have evolved over the years. Not sure how different COBOL is now. Last COBOL program I wrote was back in 1982 and have not worked at a place that has used it since. The one thing with the language I found gets a lot of people. When I worked in the lab as a tutor at the college, students would bang their heads because they could not find their problem. The code looked good and right in every way. What they missed was a period. A missing punctuation can change the way the program operates.. Just a heads up from experience...Watch for the punctuation.
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  • RossHowatson
    James Cooper, Nancy B. Stern, Robert A. Stern wrote the book titled: Structured COBOL Programming for the AS400, 2nd Edition which you may be able to find at the local public library.
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