HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation
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This manual provides information that helps you develop HP COBOL programs for the OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS Industry Standard 64, OpenVMS VAX, and Tru64 UNIX platforms.
Revision/Update Information: This manual supersedes the Compaq COBOL User Manual, Version 2.8 and the VAX COBOL User Manual, Version 5.4, as well as the online-only Compaq COBOL User 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
Software Version: HP COBOL for OpenVMS Alpha Version 2.8 HP COBOL for Tru64 UNIX Version 2.8 HP COBOL for OpenVMS VAX Version 5.7
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This manual provides information to help you develop HP COBOL programs for the OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS Industry Standard 64, OpenVMS VAX, and Tru64 UNIX platforms.
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. Some familiarity with your operating system is also recommended. 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. Additional prerequisites are described at the beginning of each chapter or appendix, if appropriate.
This manual is organized as follows:
The following documents contain additional information directly related to various topics in this manual:
This manual describes the concepts and rules of the HP COBOL programming language under the supported operating systems.
Consult the HP COBOL release notes for your installed version for late corrections and new features.
On the OpenVMS operating systems, the release notes are in:
SYS$HELP:COBOLnnn.RELEASE_NOTES (ASCII text)
On the Tru64 UNIX operating system, the release notes are in:
This manual provides information on how to install HP COBOL on the OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS I64 operating systems.
This manual provides information on how to install HP COBOL on the OpenVMS VAX operating system.
This manual provides information on how to install HP COBOL on the Tru64 UNIX operating system.
This manual provides information on using HP COBOL for database programming with Oracle CODASYL DBMS on the OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS I64, and OpenVMS VAX operating systems.
This set contains information about using the features of the OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS I64, and OpenVMS VAX operating systems and their tools, including the OpenVMS Debugger.
This documentation contains information about using DECset.
This set contains information about using the features of the Tru64 UNIX operating system and its tools.
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