HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation
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This manual provides reference information and syntax for the HP COBOL programming language on its platforms: OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS Industry Standard 64, OpenVMS VAX, and Tru64 UNIX Alpha.
Revision/Update Information: This manual supersedes the Compaq COBOL Reference Manual, Version 2.8 and the VAX COBOL Reference Manual, Version 5.4, as well as the online-only Compaq COBOL Reference Manual, Version 2.8 and Version 5.7.
Operating System and Version: OpenVMS I64 Version 8.2 OpenVMS Alpha Version 6.2 or higher OpenVMS VAX Version 6.2 or higher Tru64 UNIX Version 5.1 or higher
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This book describes the constructs and rules of the HP COBOL programming language, which is a Hewlett-Packard Company implementation of COBOL (COmmon Business-Oriented Language) for the OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX platforms. It includes information about language syntax and semantics, as well as information about adherence and extensions to various COBOL standards.
This documentation set also includes the HP COBOL User Manual and, optionally, the HP COBOL DBMS Database Programming Manual.
HP COBOL is the new name for what has formerly been known as Compaq COBOL, DEC COBOL, DIGITAL COBOL, and VAX COBOL. HP COBOL, unmodified, refers to the following products:
HP COBOL for OpenVMS Industry Standard 64
Any references to the former names in product documentation or other components should be construed as references to the HP COBOL names.
This manual is intended for experienced applications programmers who have a thorough understanding of the COBOL language and some familiarity with their operating system. This is not a tutorial manual.
If you are a new COBOL user, you may need to read introductory COBOL textbooks or take COBOL courses.
Structure of This Document
This manual is organized as follows:
The following documents contain additional information directly related to various topics covered in this manual:
This manual describes how to use features of the HP COBOL language to develop programs on the Tru64 UNIX operating system or the OpenVMS operating systems on Alpha, I64, and VAX.
Consult the HP COBOL release notes for your installed version for late corrections and new features.
SYS$HELP:COBOLnnn.RELEASE_NOTES (ASCII text)
Where nnn is the version and release number.
On the Tru64 UNIX operating system, the release notes are in:
This manual provides instructions for installing HP COBOL on the Tru64 UNIX operating system.
This manual provides instructions for installing HP COBOL on the OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS I64 operating systems.
This manual provides instructions for installing HP COBOL on the OpenVMS VAX operating system.
This manual provides information on using HP COBOL for database programming with Oracle CODASYL DBMS on the OpenVMS Alpha, the OpenVMS I64, or OpenVMS VAX operating systems.
This set contains information about using the features of the OpenVMS I64, OpenVMS Alpha, and OpenVMS VAX operating systems and their tools.
This set contains introductory and detailed information about using the features of the Tru64 UNIX operating system and its tools.
This manual is available from Digital Press.