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COBOL Programming – Advanced


5 hours


The COBOL Programming – Advanced course examines the use of tables in a COBOL program, and the methodologies used for file sorting. It details the use of subprograms and the linkage section. It also shows how parameters are passed to a program.


More experienced COBOL Programmers who need to create or maintain programs and subprograms that use tables/arrays, indexing, and sorts.


Completion of the COBOL Programming – Manipulating Data course, or equivalent.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe how the COBOL programmer can use tables to store data
  • Reference and manipulate data in an table
  • Write COBOL code used to sort file data
  • Describe how subprograms are defined and used

Course Content

COBOL Tables

Single Level Tables and Elements
Multilevel Tables and Elements

Indexing and Referencing COBOL Tables

Table Indexes
Search and Manipulate Tables

File Sorting

The COBOL Approach to Sorting
Sort Structures
SORT, INPUT, and OUTPUT Procedures


Define Subprograms
Inter-program Communication

Object-Oriented COBOL

Object-Oriented Methodology
Methods and Classes
Coding Object-Oriented COBOL

Cobol Programming – Advanced Mastery Test