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  • 1. When are "users" using COBOL
    As a follow-up on another thread, I just thought I would try to start a POSITIVE list of when "real world" people MAY (unknowingly) being "using" COBOL today. (This is not intended to COMPARE when they are using COBOL vs Java, C3, PL/I, Fortran, VB, or any other language). This is, in part, based on what "companies" are still active in SHARE, IBM's z/os (mostly) mainframe user group. - Using a credit or debit card - Using an ATM - Possibly, when doing an online account inquiry or transaction - Using their land-line phone (for billing - unless they are on a "fixed" plan) - I don't know about cell phone company billing. - (continuously) when using Gas or Oil to heat their home or business (again, for billing) - Receiving and paying an insurance bill - (possibly) when filing or following up on an insurance "incident" - Making, changing, or checking on a plane or train reservation - dealing with the government (state or federal - probably, local - possibly) - Often when you "expect" a store to be "stocked" with some item that you want *OBVIOUSLY* not all such "interactions" use COBOL for all companies/organization, but my perception is that these ALL still have a majority that involve COBOL in one or more parts of the interaction. -- Bill Klein wmklein <at> ix.netcom.com
  • 2. LOW-VALUES to a numeric field
    Hello, I have a field in both a VSAM copybook and a DB2 DCLGEN: 05 fld pic s9(5) comp-3. It will be a key in a CICS program to reach top of file|table. 'move low-values to fld' will not compile. So two ways I know of are: a) 05 fld-r redefines fld pic x(3). then use 'move low-values to fld-r' except it could mean copybook changes, bit dodgier in the case of automatically generated DCLGEN's, so I am generally anti-copybook doctoring. b) 'move -99999 to fld' has flaws: it isn't the lowest of the low, is easier to miscode, is not the very explicit 'low-values'. I really would like to just do 'move low-values to fld'. Is there a solution I don't know about? Thanks Graham
  • 3. WRITE ADVANCING
    OK, Let's go back to COBOL and the days of "line printers" or their equivalent <G> This is a follow-up on ongoing thread in the OC forum. There is a question about what happens (should happen) in the case of a program that combines WRITER AFTER ADVANCING with WRITE BEFORE ADVANCING to the same file. I thought that there used to be some warnings about this, i.e. that "results may be unpredictable or at least undesirable" if you mixed these two. However, I can't find any. (Standard or user documentation) Does anyone know of any "official" warnings about this? I may be thinking of combining the (old) IBM extension "WRITE AFTER POSITIONING" with "WRITE AFTER ADVANCING" - but I don't know. -- Bill Klein wmklein <at> ix.netcom.com

NetCOBOL and reports

Postby R. Hendriks » Tue, 06 Jan 2004 23:52:58 GMT

LS,

I'm searching for the best way to create reports that can be altered during
runtime by the end-user. The process of changing column-order, sort-order,
which data is contained in which column, which datafields are visible etc.
should be done by the user via a GUI form designer which stores the report
settings, or via an own written program which via for instance COM/OCX
directly influences the report, based on some stored settings.

I've taken a look at crystal decision and *believe* that the situations I
mention above (the report alteration) can be done via COM. Yet I haven't got
the hands-on experience and I'd like to hear the experience of those who
have worked with this product.

Are there any similar products to crystal reports? Are they
superios/inferior to it, and if so, on which features?

I'm using NetCOBOL/PowerCOBOL version 7. I'm aware of the existence of
PowerFORM, but this product doesn't offer runtime adjustment of reports
created with it.

Thanks in advance and kind regards,

Rik Hendriks
---------------------------------
Don't think you are, know you are.



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