Common Business Oriented Language

  • Instructor: Debra Rosenhain
  • Lectures: 18
  • Students: 1833
  • Duration: 10 weeks

COBOL stands for Common Business Oriented Language.The US Department of Defense, in a conference, formed CODASYL (Conference on Data Systems Language) to develop a language for business data processing needs which is now known as COBOL.

COBOL is used for writing application programs and we cannot use it to write system software. The applications like those in defense domain, insurance domain, etc. which require huge data processing make extensive use of COBOL.


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This tutorial is designed for software programmers who would like to learn the basics of COBOL. It provides enough understanding on COBOL programming language from where you can take yourself to a higher level of expertise.

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This course is directed toward a student-centered, independent study, asynchronous learning approach.

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This course is based on at least two learning skills which are provided  to the users through audio & visuals, videos, verbal presentations and articles, all of which are asynchronized with distance education approach.


Before proceeding with this tutorial, you should have a basic understanding of computer programming terminologies and JCL. A basic understanding of any of the programming languages will help you understand the concepts of COBOL programming and move fast on the learning track.

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  • COBOL - Overview 0/1

  • COBOL - Environment Setup 0/1

  • COBOL - Program Structure 0/1

  • COBOL - Basic Syntax 0/1

  • COBOL - Data Types 0/1

  • COBOL - Data Layout 0/1

  • COBOL - Conditional Statements 0/1

  • COBOL - Loop Statements 0/1

  • COBOL - String Handling 0/1

  • COBOL - Table Processing 0/1

  • COBOL - File Handling 0/1

  • COBOL - File Organization 0/1

  • COBOL - File Access Mode 0/1

  • COBOL - File Handling Verbs 0/1

  • COBOL - Subroutines 0/1

  • COBOL - Internal Sort 0/1

  • COBOL - Database Interface 0/1

  • Completion of Course 0/1