COBOL Developer Academy 

COBOL Academy Full Program

This COBOL Developer Academy will provide a solid foundation for those wanting to become z/OS mainframe developers. It will provide fundamental knowledge of the mainframe environment, TSO/ISPF, MVS JCL, COBOL programming, CICS, and Db2. This boot camp will ensure that each student comes out prepared and ready to be a productive developer. Each module is a combination of lecture and hands on workshops. Easily half of each module is running jobs, writing and compiling code, testing, and debugging giving them a great jump start for real-world development. Each module drives home good coding techniques and ‘Best Practices’, always with an emphasis on performance. 


Your Path to Success

We understand the technical tug of war: developers want to learn and grow, and employers want their developers to be productive. With a custom DeveloperAcademy™, both sides win! Our DeveloperAcademy™ programs are structured to allow for classroom time and application time, giving developers an immersive opportunity to learn while doing and providing employers with a way to ensure knowledge is being integrated into daily work life. Programs include a number of weeks for classroom time, with off weeks in between. Students can continue their learning during off weeks through self study, project work and collaborating with peers. Based on our experience, this combination of knowledge transfer and application creates more effective training outcomes.

Program Curriculum

The following is an example COBOL Academy. All organizations handle Agile development differently, so we can customize an COBOL Academy specifically to meet the needs of your team.

Topics include:

  • Mainframe Overview

  • TSO Overview

  • Accessing Data on the Mainframe

  • ISPF Overview

  • ISPF Browse, View, and Edit

  • ISPF Editing

  • ISPF Utilities Menu Option

  • JCL Overview

  • Program Execution EXEC Statement

  • Data Definition DD Statement

  • Datasets

  • SMS Storage Management Subsystem

  • IBM Utilities

  • JCL Procedures

Topics include:

  • COBOL Essentials

  • COBOL Overview

  • COBOL Definitions

  • Procedure Division

  • Editing and Branching

  • Testing and Debugging

  • Structured COBOL

  • COBOL Reports

  • Arithmetic Statements and Intrinsic Functions

  • Working with Characters

  • Table Handling

  • Testing and Debugging

  • Structured Program Development

Topics include:

  • Testing and Debugging Review

  • COBOL Reports Review

  • Table Handling

  • Calling other programs

  • How to use Access Method Services to work with VSAM files

  • How to work with indexed files

  • COBOL Intrinsic Functions

  • Variable Length Record Processing

  • Sorting and Merging

  • Testing and Debugging

Topics include:

  • Structured Query Language (SQL)

  • Relational Database Concepts

  • Basic Data Manipulation

  • Intermediate Data Manipulation

  • Built-in Functions

  • Aggregation

  • Joins

  • Data Modification

  • Complex Joins

  • SQL Subqueries

  • Set Operations

  • Embedded Application Programming

  • Db2 on the z/OS Platform

  • Introduction to Embedded SQL

  • Program Preparation

  • Cursors

  • Performance

Topics include:

  • Introduction to CICS

  • Overview – Program, Transactions and Tasks

  • Screen Handling – Terminal Control and Basic

  • Program Control

  • Debugging and Testing with CICS/EDF

  • File Requests Processing

  • Handling Errors

  • Temporary Storage Services

  • Transient Data Processing

  • Interval Control

  • Other CICS Functions and Features

What’s Included in Your COBOL DeveloperAcademy™?

DeveloperAcademy™ is an easy-to-adopt, turnkey alternative to in-house, centralized learning & development (L&D) for technical employees. Every Academy features all of the full-service components below.

  • A collaborative learning platform
  • Access to a world-class self-paced content library
  • A dedicated Program Manager
  • Custom learning paths that meet your organization’s technology needs
  • Pre- and post-measurement on outcomes
  • Standardized reports
  • Classroom instruction led by experts
  • Real-world labs
  • A capstone project of your choice for all students to contribute to
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Next Steps

We will follow up to schedule a scoping call with your team to learn more about your specific company needs and begin building out your custom academy!