enrico, I think you have joined in this forum in 2008 and you will be having lot of experience in mainframe and once you also a beginner in mainframe right? that time you wont have any ideas and by the way getting experiences day by day we will become perfect.
Today only I have joined in this forum and that too I am beginner in Mainframe. Instead of commenting my question....Please it is better to provide a solution for that understood enrico!!
Venky-kun, stop and think for a moment:
- What does it mean to say that a data set is "sorted"?
- How would you go about checking that yourself?
- What are the COBOL verbs corresponding to the actions that you would take?
FTR, when I got my first job in this field, I already knew PL/I (and a couple-three other languages that have turned out to be completely useless in my career
) and had a nodding acquaintance with COBOL. I had also had several courses in which such things as algorithms and data structures were discussed abstractly. That was expected of me; going to senpai
the first days or weeks and whining "Could you write this program for me?" would have gotten me fired on the spot. If, as seems all too common these days, your saying "I know COBOL" really means "I know how to spell 'COBOL', but nothing else about it", I strongly recommend that you actually learn the language (and other relevant things that you can spell but not use).
I could have written this program 35 years ago as a newbie, on my first day at my first job. I am sure that Dr. Sorichetti, whose experience is broader and deeper than mine, could have done likewise, quite possibly better. If you
cannot, well, maybe Dr. Sorichetti is right and you should
consider switching fields.
"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately ... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!" -- what I say to a junior programmer at least once a day