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In a post that I never thought I would ever write in the post Y2K world, here’s a great tutorial by Derek Banas on how to learn COBOL with a free cheat sheet.

Firstly, if it’s a start in programming that you’re looking for in our current environment, then COBOL may be a decent choice.

Why? Read on and watch.

COBOL runs the US Financial System, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense, Internal Revenue Service, the Majority of State Financial / Unemployment Systems and Numerous other Critical Systems. Currently there is a critical need to create more COBOL Programmers.

Time Index:

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 00:25 – Why is it Important
  • 01:35 – File Format
  • 02:26 – Main Divisions
  • 02:58 – Identification Division
  • 03:20 – Environment Division
  • 03:34 – Data Division
  • 04:22 – Variables / Picture / Data
  • 05:57 – Group Item / Hierarchal
  • 07:33 – Constants
  • 07:47 – Figurative Constants
  • 07:55 – Comment
  • 08:54 – Procedure Division
  • 09:00 – Print to Screen
  • 09:25 – Accept Input
  • 09:56 – Stop Run
  • 10:13 – Compile / Run
  • 10:50 – Assign Values
  • 11:20 – Math / Compute
  • 13:42 – Variables / Datatypes
  • 15:45 – Group Item
  • 20:17 – Figurative Constants
  • 21:34 – Math Functions
  • 23:46 – Compute
  • 25:14 – Data Classification
  • 25:45 – Thru / Ranges
  • 26:40 – Boolean
  • 27:20 – Multiple Values
  • 28:52 – If / Else
  • 30:30 – Logical / Conditional Operators
  • 33:19 – Classification
  • 34:10 – Built In Classification
  • 34:55 – Toggle Values
  • 36:20 – Evaluate
  • 39:27 – Paragraphs
  • 42:57 – Subroutines / Linkage
  • 44:25 – Call
  • 45:43 – While
  • 47:08 – For / Varying
  • 48:37 – Edited Pictures
  • 52:55 – Decimal Arithmetic
  • 55:39 – String Functions
  • 57:35 – Join Strings
  • 1:02:15 – Split String
  • 1:03:17 – Define Write to File
  • 1:07:54 – Open File
  • 1:09:01 – Write to File
  • 1:09:45 – Append to File
  • 1:11:40 – Read File
  • 1:13:45 – Create Reports
  • 1:16:25 – Filler
  • 1:28:44 – Indexed Files
  • 1:31:12 – Access Data Randomly
  • 1:35:03 – Save Record
  • 1:36:40 – Delete Record
  • 1:37:45 – Update Record
  • 1:40:30 – Get Record
  • 1:44:03 – Tables
  • 1:46:00 – Multidimensional Tables
  • 1:47:46 – Index Tables
  • 1:51:33 – Search Tables
  • 1:53:05 – Prefill Tables
  • 1:54:10 – Redefine
  • 1:56:34 – String to Float
  • 1:59:38 – Sort Records
  • 2:03:55 – Merge Files
  • 2:07:38 – Install Windows
  • 2:12:13 – Install MacOS
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