Absolute Basics of COBOL

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In this Guided Project, you will:

Explain the role of COBOL in contemporary business computing.

Demonstrate the process of compiling and running a COBOL program.

Identify the code components of a COBOL program.

Clock1.5 hours
CloudNo download needed
VideoSplit-screen video
Comment DotsEnglish
LaptopDesktop only

In this project, you will have your first look at the COBOL programming language. As you view, compile, and execute COBOL code you will learn what COBOL is, where it began, and how it has evolved to remain an important player in today’s business systems. In fact, it is estimated that up to 70% of large corporations still use COBOL for processing data in their mission-critical systems. While the language is not as trendy as Python, Java, or C#, Cobol programmers are currently in high demand—especially in government, financial, and insurance organizations.

Skills you will develop

  • Business Programming
  • OpenCobolIDE
  • Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL)
  • Programming Tool
  • IDE

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Review the purpose and history of the COBOL programming language to understand where and how it fits into current business computing.

  2. Become familiar with OpenCobolIDE as you tour the user interface and open your first COBOL program.

  3. Review COBOL code using the OpenCobolIDE application and identify the distinct components that make up a COBOL program.

  4. Describe the purpose of a compiler as you demonstrate the process of compiling and executing a COBOL program.

  5. Demonstrate the process of creating, compiling, and executing a new COBOL program in the OpenCobolIDE application to ensure that the processing and output are correct.

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

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