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 ...