COBOL Boot Camp

Do you really feel like re-writing millions of lines of code? We didn’t think so. 

You needed skilled COBOL people in the past, you also need them now and into the future.


  • Concepts and facilities offered by z Systems mainframes-hardware and software levels.
  • Hardware components
  • Operating systems supported
  • Compatibility with legacy systems
  • z/OS operating system
  • Subsystems that run on z/OS
  • Online transaction processing
  • Benefits of a 64-bit Operating System
  • Virtualization
  • Redundancy
  • Availability
  • Function of TSO in the z/OS Environment
  • TSO Commands
  • Function of ISPF in the z/OS Environment
  • ISPF Main Menu & Navigating ISPF
  • Utilities Group & The Editor
  • Submitting Jobs
  • Viewing output via SDSF
  • The three major JCL statements (JOB, EXEC and DD)
  • Creation of datasets
  • Catalogued and Instream procedures
  • Building Generation Data Groups
  • Creating and manipulating VSAM data sets
  • Step restart and the use of conditional step execution
  • Listing data sets, volume information, creating, printing and manipulating sequential and PDSs, sorting data and creating VSAM. 
  • System Managed Storage (DFSMS)
  • SDSF is used extensively in this module to display job execution and to make corrections, as required.
  • Creating and manipulating generation data sets
  • Introduction to Generation Data Groups (GDGs)
  • Using IDCAMS in the building and manipulation of GDGs
  • Sequential Input and Output
  • COBOL data formats 
  • Data Validation and Data Manipulation
  • Single, double and triple level Control Break Logic
  • Single, and multiple Dimensional Table Handling
  • Called and Calling programs
  • Data validation, application testing, and debugging
  • Compiler directives 
  • Processing user data, processing and updating data files, and creating reports
  • Accessing and updating databases (DB2 and/or IMS)
  • Processing CICS transactions and MQ messages

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