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This book introduces Object COBOL, and explains what it consists of and how to use it.You should read this book before installing Object COBOL and before reading any of the other documentation.
You should be familiar with the COBOL language and with your operating system. You should read this Getting Started book and be familiar with the COBOL development cycle described in the User Guide before reading other books in the book set.
Micro Focus COBOL systems are available for DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2 V2.1 or later, and for many varieties of UNIX. Both 32-bit and 16-bit versions are available (16-bit is not available on UNIX.)
Some of the books supplied with this COBOL system are generic across all these environments. Other books are specific to your operating system, but might contain some generic chapters. The chapter Welcome! in this Getting Started book explains this in detail.
In the books, unless otherwise stated:
In a generic book or chapter, text that does not apply to all supported environments and COBOL systems is marked by a side heading in the left margin. A side heading applies to the paragraph it is next to, unless it is next to the first paragraph in a section, in which case it applies to that whole section.
The following examples of side headings show what they mean:
This text applies to the 32-bit COBOL system on UNIX.
DOS, Windows and OS/2:
This text applies to the 16-bit or 32-bit COBOL system on DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2 V2.1 or later.
This text applies to the 16-bit COBOL system on DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2 V2.1 or later.
This text applies to the 32-bit COBOL system on UNIX, Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2 V2.1 or later.
32-bit for Windows NT and OS/2:
This text applies to the 32-bit COBOL system on Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2 V2.1 or later.
The notation used in the books is as follows:
The notation used to describe the format of command lines is as follows:
DOS, Windows and OS/2:
On DOS, Windows and OS/2 you can type them in upper, lower, or mixed case except where otherwise stated.
On UNIX you must type them in upper or lower case as shown.