1st Edition

Authors: Markus Knasmüller
Print ISBN: 9781558608221
eBook ISBN: 9780080494982
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 29th October 2003
Page Count: 300
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Driven by the year-2000 problem, the hordes of COBOL developers experienced a renaissance, but the times when COBOL was state-of-the-art are long gone. Object-orientation, application servers, web front-ends, and relational database systems dominate the scene for new projects today. The fact remains however, that millions of lines of source code written in the structured programming language COBOL work daily on computer systems all over the world. One problem that COBOL developers have to deal with on these new projects is familiarity with object-oriented concepts. Markus Knasmüller, rich with experiences of OO projects in COBOL development teams, offers a successful introduction for the experienced COBOL programmer. A careful approach across techniques familiar to COBOL developers and discussions of current standards make this book easily accessible and understandable.

Key Features

A practical approach to OOP using the concepts and techniques familiar to the experienced COBOL programmer. Written independently from any specific programming environment, and all programming examples written in both Delphi and Java. Detailed case study describing the successful migration of 10 million lines of COBOL code to object-oriented programming. Companion CD-ROM containing all tutorial sections of the book in PowerPoint and all sample solutions to the problems ready for compilation.


COBOL programmers and project managers wanting or needing to learn object-oriented programming techniques.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Basics; Dynamic Data Structures; True Object-oriented Programming; Object Oriented Design; Databases; Graphical User Interfaces; Summary; Appendix A-Using the Development Environments; Appendix B-Sample Solutions; Glossary; References.


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About the Author

Markus Knasmüller

Director of Software Development, BMD Systems, Austria

Affiliations and Expertise

BMD Systems, Vienna, Austria


"This is a desperately needed book. Many COBOL programmers have been 'put out to pasture' and excluded from the recent shift in technologies. Unfortunately, the latest generation of OO programmers are just rediscovering some of the problems already tackled by the COBOL generation. Bridging these two generations will benefit not just the programmers, but the state of the industry as well." —Chien Yueh, ASG