BCS Programmer’s Tools

Primary Dialog Primary Option Menu Edit Link Categories Pop Up Menu Link Pop Up Menu Our primary workbench is depicted below. This tool stores links (for web pages and executable programs).  Browser counterparts cannot accomodete other links which may be useful in developing computer software. The panel on the left deals with entries for cagtegories […]

COBOL Coding Strategy

Two applications should be installed for further utilization of this tutorial .  Install GnuCOBOL by clicking here.  Install OpenCobolIDE by clicking here. The primary or main COBOL program should consist of the call verb only.  That is to say only subprogram references should be invoked from the mainline.  The mainline will consists of only calling […]

Install GnuCOBOL From Source Code

First retrieve the source code by clicking here. Extract the contents of the downloaded source code to your desired location.  Change directory to the selected location. [codesyntax lang=”bash”] ./configure CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.3/include -/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.3/lib make -j4 sudo make install [/codesyntax] Next check the version of cobc by issuing the following command. [codesyntax lang=”bash”] cobc -v [/codesyntax] The resulting […]

GnuCOBOL Development Environment

I found the Open COBOL integrated development environment to be most refreshing.  The COBOL source code in translated dynamically to “c” programming language and is compiled and executed as a “c” program. Click here for main Link to OpenCOBOLIDE. The initial installation of OpenCOBOLIDE may not install properly out of the box.  My current installation […]

Open COBOL Compile Source

[codesyntax lang=”bash”] $ cobc -c subr1.cob $ cobc -c subr2.cob $ cobc -c -x main.cob $ cobc -x -o prog main.o subr1.o subr2.o [/codesyntax] A program is developed to search directories containing COBOL source code and determine the main module while simultaneously creating the COBOL compile script depicted above. Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks […]


COBOL is one of the oldest high level computer programming language in existence.  Many have predicted the death of COBOL on numerous occasions.  Sot far all are inaccurate.  To read more about COBOL click here. Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article. More info on COBOL.

Hello My Name Is Arch Brooks

Mr. Arch Brooks has authored computer software across five decades.   For a current resume click here. To review the LinkedIn profile for Mr. Brooks click here.  Several methodologies are employed to accomplish rapid delivery of computer software solutions for the government and private industry. Many levels of technical training are also offered. To review Delphi […]

BCS COBOL Source Code Generator for PS IO

This application generates COBOL source code to perform physical sequential IO.  This code generator will produce flawless COBOL source code that is already tested. Simply key in a program name then the name of the data file and supply the logical record length of the records in the file.  With those three pieces of information […]