Pathway Application Programming - Cobol Language

( Duration: 5 Days )

This Pathway Application Programming - Cobol Language training course provides the skills needed to develop Pathway applications quickly and efficiently. Through classroom discussion and hands-on programming exercises with an HPE NonStop server, you will advance your application programming skills in the Pathway environment. After completing this course, you will understand how Pathway applications utilize the features of the system architecture and operating system, and you will be able to apply what you have learned to your own application programs.

By attending Pathway Application Programming - Cobol Language workshop, delegates will learn:

  • Writing server programs with COBOL85
  • Using NonStop Transaction Monitor/MP (TM/MP) to ensure database consistency and integrity in the Pathway application environment
  • Debugging requester and server programs using the Inspect facility
  • Pathway system administration through configuration, starting, stopping, and monitoring components

  • Attend a training on Concepts and Facilities for HPE NonStop Systems or equivalent practical experience
  • Six months of COBOL programming experience
  • Knowledge of ANSI-standard SQL

The Pathway Application Programming - Cobol Language class is ideal for:

  • Application programmers who will be developing applications using the Pathway product.



Pathway introduction

  • Online transaction processing (OLTP) in the NonStop server environment
  • Requester-server approach to online transaction processing
  • Pathway application and its role in online transaction processing
  • Components of a Pathway environment
  • Starting PATHMON and PATHCOM
  • Client/server options available in the Pathway environment

Pathway configuration and operation

  • Starting PATHMON and PATHCOM
  • Difference between global and object-specific configuration parameters
  • Configuring global and object-specific parameters
  • Cold starting and cool starting a Pathway system
  • Starting the Pathway objects individually
  • Monitoring and maintaining a Pathway system
  • Shutting down a Pathway system
  • Capturing the configuration specifications for the current Pathway environment
  • Establish your individual lab environment and practice starting and shutting down a Pathway application environment
  • Create, start, and exit from a Pathway application environment
  • Configure Pathway TCP, TERM, PROGRAM, and SERVER objects
  • Display Pathway object attributes and information
  • Shut down a Pathway application environment
  • Manage and monitor a Pathway application environment
  • Capture the current Pathway configuration parameters

SCREEN COBOL requesters

  • Steps a programmer performs to develop a SCREEN COBOL requester
  • Several functions of SCREEN COBOL
  • Similarities and differences between SCREEN COBOL and COBOL
  • Components of a basic SCREEN COBOL program
  • Writing basic SCREEN COBOL statements to display and accept data
  • Writing basic SCREEN COBOL statements to communicate with other requester programs
  • Using the SCREEN COBOL Utility Program (SCUP) to maintain pseudo-object libraries
  • Lay out and use a SCREEN COBOL screen
  • Define fields and attributes that make up a SCREEN COBOL screen

Additional SCREEN COBOL topics

  • Writing basic SCREEN COBOL statements to communicate with server programs
  • Coding SCREEN COBOL verbs to enhance screen displays
  • Basic functions of TM/MP (Transaction Monitoring Facility, TMF) software
  • Writing SCREEN COBOL statements for a requester to operate in a TM/MP environment
  • Defining and using overlay screens in SCREEN COBOL
  • Code SCREEN COBOL requester programs
  • Code ACCEPT, PERFORM ONE, and CALL statements

Inspect debugging

  • Basic syntax and use of common Inspect commands used to debug programs
  • Necessary steps to debug a stand-alone process
  • Necessary steps to debug a SCREEN COBOL requester
  • Necessary steps to debug a Pathway server
  • Gain experience in enabling a database to be protected by the TM/MP facility
  • Demonstrate the difference between audited and nonaudited databases
  • Code overlay screens

Server fundamentals

  • Basic function of a server
  • Function of $RECEIVE in interprocess communication
  • Steps that make up the basic structure of a server program
  • Coding the COBOL85 server program to use $RECEIVE properly
  • How server programs can utilize the enhanced capabilities of the Dxx versions of the NonStop Kernel operating system
  • Why servers should be context-free
  • Problems that can occur when servers have concurrent access to a database
  • Code a Pathway server to use $RECEIVE
  • Establish an Inspect session in a Pathway application environment
  • Use Inspect to examine the message passed between a requester and server in the Pathway application environment

Server programs—Enscribe database access

  • Coding SELECT statements to associate logical file names to physical file names
  • Coding statements to open the database files in the correct mode for server access
  • Using the NonStop server extension to solve positioning problems
  • Coding file access statements to read, update, and delete database records
  • Locking implications when accessing Enscribe files
  • Establishing a Declaratives Section in a server to handle I/O errors
  • Compiling a server program that accesses Enscribe files

Server programs—NonStop SQL/MP database access

  • Identifying and defining a host variable
  • Coding an SQL/MP SELECT statement that accesses a single row of a NonStop SQL table
  • Writing a variety of Data Manipulation Language (DML) statements to insert, update, and delete records in an SQL/MP database
  • Operation of a cursor
  • Constructing a series of statements that use a cursor
  • Writing statements to report SQL/MP run-time errors
  • Process used to compile a COBOL85 program with embedded SQL/MP statements
  • Writing statements to compile a COBOL85 server program that accesses a NonStop SQL/MP database
  • Code simple server programs to access an Enscribe or SQL/MP database
  • Code a variety of statements and then compile and test your server program
  • Code slightly more advanced statements to access an Enscribe or NonStop SQL/MP database to include the insertion of new information based on screen input
  • Put into practice some of the advanced concepts learned about SCREEN COBOL
  • Gain a complete picture of a Pathway requester server pair
  • Design and build copy libraries, the DDL source, and a simple database

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