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COBOL Programming - Advanced
DURATION: 5 days

FEE: $1,995

Based upon a class size of six students.

Scheduling can be adjusted to employee work hours and incorporate client assignments.

There is a surcharge associated with training two or fewer students.


  • Programmer
  • System Analyst
  • IT Professional


    1. Sequential Files
      • Read and merge sequential datasets.
      • How to debug I/O errors.
      • Given master and transaction datasets with matching keys, merge the datasets into a single updated master.
      • Perform multiple levels of error checking.
    2. Indexed Files
      • Learn to process data in a VSAM KSDS.
      • Handle exceptions in processing.
      • Create, load, and retrieve data in an employee database.
    3. Relative Files
      • Process data in a VSAM RRDS.
      • Handle exceptions in the processing.
      • Create, load, and retrieve data in a RRDS to form a single linked list.
    4. SORT/MERGE Feature
      • Code the SORT COBOL verb to sort a dataset.
      • Code the SORT COBOL verb to sort a dataset using procedures.
      • Use the dataset to print a statistical report using breaks.
    5. Develop Interactive Programs
      • Create a TSO interactive program.
      • Set up the TSO environment to allow a COBOL program to interact with the keyboard and screen.
      • The user will enter data and retrieve information from a VSAM dataset.
    6. Compile and Test a Program on an IBM Mainframe
      • Debug a COBOL program using the COBOL compiler options.
      • Given a COBOL program with errors, use the SSRANGE option to debug the program.
    7. Develop Interactive Programs on an IBM Mainframe
      • Acquire proficiency in ensuring the accuracy and integrity of a system.
      • Edit interactive data and produce a complete interactive system.
    8. Develop Database Programs on an IBM Mainframe
      • Understand the issues associated with creating a simple database query.
      • Retrieve data from a DB2 table containing employee information.
    9. Maintenance Programming
      • Review programming techniques and sound programming practices.
      • Retrieve data from a DB2 table containing employee information.
      • Given a program which is difficult to maintain, list the issues and the solutions.
    10. Object Oriented COBOL
      • Code a new class with methods.
      • Create a class with data and function members.
      • Code a test program which instantiates the class and invokes its members.
    11. XML
      • Read and display a subtree in an XML document.
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Effective February 27, 2012, the course dates listed on the SYS-ED schedules only will be available based upon approved and authorized user ID.

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