[GLLUG] Mismatched pair: cobol and me. Guru needed!

Benjamin Minshall minshal1 at msu.edu
Thu Nov 6 13:26:37 EST 2003

One more thing.  You should look at the local bookstores, Amazon, or BN 
for a "Teach yourself COBOL" style book.  You can probably find one that 
comes with sample code and a compiler for the Windows/DOS platform.

Jolyon Michael Vincent wrote:

> Guru needed! send help! I'm drowning in a vat of anxiety.
> non programmer seeks expert advice on COBOL for basic cobol class....
> would like to know if there are any people in the LUG who know cobol and 
> would be willing to answer questions on an as-needed basis. Also would 
> like to know what resources msu has for programming help. 
> Tutoring/mentoring, learning labs etc etc....despite the fact that the 
> class isn't an msu class, I still need to find support.
> Also, if you know how I can use Cobol in Linux Redhat 8.0 to make 
> something usable, please let me know. I don't know why I would need to 
> learn Cobol other than the fact that it is a programming language, and 
> it has a certain structure that might be found elsewhere. (my best guess).
> Some background on my lack of programming: I took C++ at Rochester 
> Institute of Tech (www.rit.edu) and failed miserably. I took Basic in 
> grade school...Studied Virtual Basic at RIT (one week) but was generally 
> confused at that as well.Vbasic seemed to be more like web programming 
> (learned rudimentary HTML on my own...worked with dreamweaver for a-bit.)
> Background on me: I am an artist, not a mathematician! And while my 
> spelling and grammar might be abit off here, I'm more of a journalist 
> than a programmer.
> Can someone out there please teach me enough code to thwart my anxiety?
> Don't get your free email at hotmail.com
> http://www.???.org is much better.
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