Hour 1Getting Started

Welcome to Sams Teach Yourself COBOL in 24 Hours. In the first hour, you learn about the following:

• The history and purpose of COBOL

• The special requirements of business data processing

• The mother of modern information technology and COBOL in particular

• Installing and using your compiler

COBOL Purpose and History


COBOL stands for Common Business Oriented Language. It is one of the oldest high-level computer programming languages. The purpose of a programming language is to communicate instructions to the computer. Each type of central processing unit, or CPU, understands a particular set of instructions. Because ...

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