get you off to a flying start:
A good text book and compiler are the two essentials for
learning COBOL. "Teach
Yourself COBOL in 21 Days" and the "MicroFocus
Personal COBOL Compiler" are a tried and tested winning
combination used in colleges around the world, for training
A well thought out lesson plan and easy to read style makes
"Teach Yourself COBOL in 21 Days" the best selling
COBOL text book. Each new term and concept is defined when it is
first mentioned, and the student won't find any missing steps
that leave him wondering if he missed something. There are lots
of practical examples and exercises to help the student retain
what he has learned.
Until the student becomes accustomed to locating coding errors,
learning to program can be a frustrating and time consuming
process. Two tools to help students through this stage are the
"disk of code" for "Teach Yourself COBOL in 21
Days" and the "EZ-Compare"
program. Using these two items, the student can compare the
program he wrote to the one on the disk. The differences will be
highlighted on the screen, so mistakes can be quickly located.
To really get a student off to a flying start, we created the "COBOL
Just in Time Course" which incorporates the above items
with an easy to use study guide which takes the student through
the course, lesson by lesson. In the crucial early stages,
additional illustrated lessons show how to install and use the
software, including special instructions on using the compiler
which by-pass the need to study the compiler manual before
getting down to learning the language. Students can't get lost
using these easy to follow instructions. Everything needed to
learn COBOL up to an entry/intermediate level is included. In
fact, all the student needs is a personal computer.
These course materials are used in corporations, educational
establishments and government agencies around the world, as an
effective way to train new and other language programmers and as
a refresher tool for "old hands". Several consulting
houses give test on the materials and if passed will hire and
train suitable candidates further.
We recommend that students immediately follow their studies with
"COBOL, Dates and the Year 2000". This essential
technical reference contains a technical tour of all aspects of
COBOL and the year 2000. You won't find this information readily
For quick and handy tips and tricks for professional COBOL
programmers, the "COBOL
Cook Book" is a great reference.
It is important for new programmers to understand that there is
more to learn. Programming is a profession that includes a
continual learning process. These materials give a person a
strong grounding in the basics.