Changes in GC27-8715-02 (September 2023)

This topic lists the major changes that have been made to this document Start of changesince Enterprise COBOL for z/OS® 6.3End of change.

Start of changeFor a complete list of new and improved features in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.3 and COBOL 6.3 with PTFs installed, see What is new in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.3 and COBOL 6.3 with PTFs installed in the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS What's New.End of change

Changes in GC27-8715-02 (September 2023)

  • Start of changeAn optional alternate logic path is introduced for VSAM files that use the ACCESS IS DYNAMIC mode. The alternate logic path uses a direct read-by-key request instead of a point to a record by key. This change is introduced in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with PTF for APAR PH56036 (AMODE 31) or PH56037 (AMODE 64) installed. (Changes at run time with Enterprise COBOL 6)End of change

Changes in GC27-8715-02 (November 2022)

  • Start of changeUpdated the NUMCHECK compiler option to avoid generating runtime checking code of zoned-decimal senders in MOVE statements when the receiver is an alphanumeric data item and NUMCHECK(ZON(LAX)) is in effect. This change is introduced in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with PTF for APAR PH49715 installed.End of change

Changes in GC27-8715-02 (September 2022)

  • Start of changeThe new CONDCOMP compiler option is introduced to control how conditional code will be displayed in the listing. For details, see Compiler option changes in Enterprise COBOL 5 and 6. This change is introduced in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with PTF for APAR PH49504 installed.End of change
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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (May 2021)

  • New suboptions DEC | HEX are added to the SOURCE option to control whether the generated sequence numbers for the listing of the source are in decimal or hexadecimal format. For details, see Compiler option changes in Enterprise COBOL 5 and 6. This change is introduced in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with PTF for APAR PH35643 installed.
  • The new INVDATA option replaces the deprecated ZONEDATA compiler option and provides users with fine-grained control over how the compiler generates code to handle USAGE DISPLAY and USAGE PACKED-DECIMAL data items that contain invalid data. For details, see Compiler option changes in Enterprise COBOL 5 and 6. This change is introduced in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with PTF for APAR PH37328 installed.
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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (March 2021)

  • A new TUNE option is added that allows you to specify the architecture for which the executable program will be optimized. For details, see Compiler option changes in Enterprise COBOL 5 and 6. This change is introduced in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with PTF for APAR PH34804 installed.
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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (January 2021)

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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (November 2020)

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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (July 2020)

  • A new option QSAMBUFFINITCHAR is added to the IGZUOPT module that allows you to control the initial character used for QSAM buffer initialization. For details, see Controlling initialization of QSAM buffer (IGZ4OPT). This support can be obtained in Enterprise COBOL Version 6 Release 3 with runtime LE PTF for APAR PH25917 installed.
  • Updated the references to PPA4 layout and WORKING-STORAGE location in WORKING-STORAGE SECTION changes.
  • Clarified the background of IBM® Report Writer, and added support details and version requirement in COBOL Report Writer Precompiler.
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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (May 2020)

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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (January 2020)

  • The support for NOBLKSET and the conventional merge method for Enterprise COBOL V5 or later versions is obtained with runtime LE PTFs UI67483(V2R2)/UI67485(V2R3)/UI67486(V2R4) installed. For details, see Using DFSORT option NOBLKSET.
  • The use of passing a file-name to a subprogram with the USING phrase of the CALL statement is restored with PTF for APAR PH20724 installed. For details, see Use of file-name in CALL ... USING statement.
  • Added questions frequently asked before migration and their answers in FAQs before migration.
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Changes in GC27-8715-02 (September 2019)