MERANT Micro Focus Server Express™

Programmer's Guide to Writing Programs


Issue 3
March 2000

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The Programmer's Guides are complete guides to specific areas of the Micro Focus COBOL systems.

This guide contains general information about writing programs, not specifically covered by any of the other books, that will help you write better applications. This includes information about making your applications portable, and interfacing with other languages.


You should be familiar with the COBOL language and with your operating system. You should read the Getting Started book for this COBOL system and be familiar with the COBOL development cycle described in the Server Express User's Guide before reading other books in the book set.


The notation used in the books is as follows:

Command Lines

The notation used to describe the format of command lines is as follows: