End markers are a combination of words followed by a separator period that indicates the end of a COBOL program, method, class, factory, or object definition. The following end marks are IBM extensions for both AIX and Enterprise. Please pay attention to the conventions when you use them:
For programs - program-name must be identical to the program-name of the corresponding PROGRAM-ID paragraph. Every COBOL program, except an outermost program that contains no nested programs and is not followed by another batch program, must end... [More]
Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial for z/OS, V5.1 is now available. The Trial lets you assess the value that could be gained from migrating to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS , V5.1, before making a formal, upgrade decision. This trial enables the evaluation of the latest IBM COBOL capabilities, in a non-production environment, without the prerequisite time and resources commitments required for a full, production migration project.
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Watch as James Governor, Principal Analyst and Founder, RedMonk, and Kevin Stoodley, IBM Fellow and CTO, IBM Rational, discuss the benefits of the new IBM Enterprise COBOL compiler for z/OS. Jeff Heath, Development Manager, IBM Rational, demonstrates some of the benefits of this new version.
As mentioned in the video, please ask any followup questions in our COBOL Cafe forum .
In COBOL for z/OS, V5,1, when compiling your source files that are too complex or in a relatively large size, and if you have specified the OPTIMIZE level, it may take excessive amount of time or storage. Thus a new compiler option, MAXPCF , is introduced to allow you to control the amount of time and storage used when optimizing a program. You can specify the maximum program complexity factor with this option. The new term, Program Complexity Factor (PCF), is a value calculated by the compiler, and represents the complexity of the program... [More]
COBOL for AIX version 4.1 introduces a new utility, the source conversion utility (scu), to assist the conversion of programs in non-IBM COBOL source formats.
The main function for utility is to “normalize” COBOL source input text so that the resulting output source text can be compiled by IBM COBOL for AIX V4.1. The input formats that are specifically addressed are some non-IBM fixed-format source and COBOL standard free-format source.
The individual transformations done by scu includes the following:
The COBOL for AIX compiler supports the extended source format as an IBM extension.
Fixed source format consists of the following areas in a 72-character line. Extended source format consists of the following areas in a 252-character line.
Sequence number area
Columns 1 through 6
Columns 8 through 11
Columns 12 through 72 in fixed source format
Columns 12 through 252 in extended source format
Note that... [More]
To define variable length tables in COBOL, we usually specify the OCCURS ... DEPENDING ON clause in the data description entry for an item contained within a group structure. While this defines an item with a variable number of occurrences at run time, in earlier versions before Enterprise COBOL V5.1, we also need to specify a maximum number of occurrences in the syntax , and hence a maximum size for the table and the containing group, which causes usability problems in some contexts.
In particular, this problem occurs when... [More]
IBM® extensions are features, syntax rules, or behavior defined by IBM rather than by the COBOL standards.
In the Appendix of COBOL Language Reference, a table lists IBM extensions with a brief description. If an item is listed as an extension, all related rules are also extensions. For example, USAGE DISPLAY-1 for DBCS characters is listed as an extension; its many uses in statements and clauses are also extensions, but are not listed separately.
This blog entry and the folloing ones aim to introduce these IBM extensions... [More]
Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 was announced on April 23, 2013 and became generally available on June 21, 2013. This new compiler was re-architected to include an advanced technology framework for optimizing COBOL applications and exploiting z/Architecture, including the latest zBC12 hardware, providing significant performance improvements over Enterprise COBOL V4. These performance improvements will reduce CPU utilization and lower operating costs for customers running business critical applications. Enterprise COBOL... [More]
SHARE in Boston is being held August 11-16 at the Hynes Convention Center. IBM’s own “Captain COBOL”, Tom Ross, will be presenting two highly informative sessions on IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1.
Session 13792: ZOMG The Next COBOL Compiler Has Arrived! will discuss all of the new features that IBM’s developers have added to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 such as the exploitation of the latest zArchitecture, improved XML PARSE and XML GENERATE, the ability to improve the performance of your... [More]
At Innovate 2013 right now? Want to learn about, and gain experience with, the recently announced Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 in a workshop run by two members of the compiler development team? It's not too late to enroll in hands-on technical workshop WKS-2280 (Wednesday at 8am).
This workshop offers first-hand experience on new optimization, debugging, and programming features (e.g XML, UTF-8) shipped in this product and will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. As a... [More]
In addition to the fixed indicators that can be specified in the indicator area of the source reference format, there is a new floating comment indicator (*>) introduced by COBOL for AIX, V4.1. You can use the floating comment indicator in both the extended format and in the fixed format.
A comment indicator indicates a comment line when specified as the first character-string in the program text area (Area A plus Area B). It can also indicate an inline comment when specified following one or more character-strings in the program text... [More]
Though it has been half century that COBOL has been around, it is still the most dominant language for running business-critical applications, and it is the backbone for organizations everywhere. Among them, a majority of the business transactions processed by COBOL run on IBM System z hardware. Given this , IBM is making a latest refresh to this venerable language on z/OS, the V5.1 release will go alive on June 21!
Generally speaking, IBM says the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 compiler will give applications a 15-20... [More]