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The Ultimate Reference & Learning Guide for COBOL programming careers!

Over 150 Certification Questions, Answers, and Explanations

It’s clear that even today global demand for COBOL programmers is robust. Practitioners who wish to remain competitive in the global market need new resources. And finding these resources can be difficult. This book is the direct response to demand for information you can use right now in your programming career. Over 150 COBOL Interview Questions, Answers, and Explanations guide you through the learning process. From helping you to assess your COBOL skills to evaluating candidates for a job, COBOL Interview Questions, Answers, & Explanations will help you understand what you really need to know and what you can safely ignore. The book is organized around COBOL’s defining features, standards, and common applications. Each question includes everything you need to know to master the interview or properly evaluate a candidate, and is based on project knowledge and experience gained on successful high-profile COBOL implementations. Key certification and interview topics include: COBOL standards, Challenges with configuration and platforms like CICS. This book also includes code samples, and information about synthesis, interoperability, and system monitoring and security.

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COBOL Programming Interview Questions, Answers and Explanations

By Terry Sanchez-Clark


COBOL Programming Interview Questions and Answers Book


Smashwords Edition

Compiled by Terry Sanchez-Clark


Edited by Emilee Newman Bowles

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Table of Contents


Question 01: Sections in Data Division

Question 02: Dynamic or a Static Module

Question 03: Advantages of VS COBOL II Over OS/VS COBOL

Question 04: Steps in Creating a COBOL Program

Question 05: Compiling a Program without Errors

Question 06: Difference between Dynamic and Static in COBOL

Question 07: Associating Files with External Data Sets

Question 08: Definition of File in Operating System

Question 09: Use of Declaratives in COBOL

Question 10: Difference between PIC 9.99 and 9v99

Question 11: Use of the Common Attribute

Question 12: Picture 9v99

Question 13: Local-Storage Section

Question 14: Passing by Reference

Question 15: Passing by Content

Question 16: Guidelines in Writing a Structured COBOL Program

Question 17: Data Types in COBOL

Question 18: Resolving SOC-7 Error

Question 19: Structures of COBOL Subroutine

Question 20: Difference of Next Sentence and Continue

Question 21: Structured COBOL and Object Oriented COBOL

Question 22: COMP Preference

Question 23: Bytes & Digits in S9 (10) COMP

Question 24: Defining Hexadecimal Item in a Value Clause

Question 25: Number of Decimal Digits

Question 26: Scope Terminator

Question 27: Dimensions for a Table

Question 28: Subscripts Allowed for an Occurs Clause

Question 29: IS NUMERIC Clause

Question 30: Redefines Clause

Question 31: Difference between OS COBOL and VS COBOL

Question 32: Static and Dynamic Linking

Question 33: SECTION and PARAGRAPH Difference

Question 34: Next and Continue Verbs for File Handling

Question 35: Submit Job from COBOL Programs

Question 36: File Status 39

Question 37: SSRANGE and NOSSRANGE

Question 38: Application of SEARCH

Question 39: Rules to Perform a Serial Search

Question 40: Open Modes in COBOL

Question 41: Rules in Performing a Binary Search

Question 42: How Binary Search Works

Question 43: Difference between Binary and Sequential Search

Question 44: Internal and External Sort

Question 45: Rewrite and Delete in ESDS File

Question 46: Perform Test Before and After

Question 47: Coding an In-line Perform

Question 48: WHEN Clause Significance

Question 49: INITIALIZE Default