COBOL stands for Common Business-Oriented Language. The US Department of
Defense, in a conference, formed CODASYL (Conference on Data Systems
Language) to develop a language for business data processing needs which is now
known as COBOL.
COBOL is used for writing application programs and we cannot use it to write system software. The applications like those in defense domain, insurance domain, etc. which require huge data processing make extensive use of COBOL.
This tutorial is designed for software programmers who would like to learn the basics of COBOL. It provides enough understanding on COBOL programming language from where you can take yourself to a higher level of expertise.
Before proceeding with this tutorial, you should have a basic understanding of
computer programming terminologies and JCL. A basic understanding of any of
the programming languages will help you understand the concepts of COBOL
programming and move fast on the learning track