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This manual provides reference information and syntax for the Compaq COBOL programming language on its three platforms: OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS VAX, and Tru64 UNIX Alpha.
Revision/Update Information: This manual supersedes the Compaq COBOL Reference Manual, Version 2.7 and the VAX COBOL Reference Manual, Version 5.4, as well as the online-only Compaq COBOL Reference Manual, Version 2.7 and Version 5.7.
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This book describes the constructs and rules of the Compaq COBOL programming language, which is a Compaq Computer Corporation implementation of COBOL (COmmon Business-Oriented Language) for the OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX platforms. It includes information about language syntax and semantics, as well as information about adherence and extensions to various COBOL standards.
This documentation set also includes the Compaq COBOL User Manual and, optionally, the Compaq COBOL DBMS Database Programming Manual.
Compaq COBOL is the new name for DEC COBOL, for DIGITAL COBOL, and for VAX COBOL. Compaq COBOL, unmodified, refers to three products:
Compaq COBOL for OpenVMS Alpha
Any references to the former names in product documentation or other components should be construed as references to the Compaq COBOL names.
This manual is intended for experienced applications programmers who have a thorough understanding of the COBOL language and some familiarity with their operating system. This is not a tutorial manual.
If you are a new COBOL user, you may need to read introductory COBOL textbooks or take COBOL courses.
Structure of This Document
This manual is organized as follows:
The following documents contain additional information directly related to various topics covered in this manual:
This manual describes how to use features of the Compaq COBOL language to develop programs on the Tru64 UNIX operating system or the OpenVMS operating systems on Alpha and VAX.
Consult the Compaq COBOL release notes for your installed version for late corrections and new features.
On the OpenVMS Alpha or VAX operating system, the release notes are in:
SYS$HELP:COBOLnnn.RELEASE_NOTES (ASCII text)
Where nnn is the version and release number.
On the Tru64 UNIX operating system, the release notes are in:
This manual provides instructions for installing Compaq COBOL on the Tru64 UNIX operating system.
This manual provides instructions for installing Compaq COBOL on the OpenVMS Alpha operating system.
This manual provides instructions for installing Compaq COBOL on the OpenVMS VAX operating system.
This manual provides information on using Compaq COBOL for database programming with Oracle CODASYL DBMS on the OpenVMS Alpha or OpenVMS VAX operating system.
This set contains information about using the features of the OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS VAX operating systems and their tools.
This set contains introductory and detailed information about using the features of the Tru64 UNIX operating system and its tools.
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Conventions Used in This Document
The following table lists the conventions used in this manual:
The following table shows certain references and their respective meanings in this manual:
Tru64 UNIX was formerly known as DEC OSF/1 or as DIGITAL UNIX. Compaq COBOL was formerly known as DIGITAL COBOL or DEC COBOL. Compaq COBOL for OpenVMS VAX was formerly known as VAX COBOL or as DIGITAL VAX COBOL.
COBOL is an industry language and is not the property of any company or group of companies, or of any organization or group of organizations.
No warranty, expressed or implied, is made by any contributor or by the CODASYL COBOL Committee as to the accuracy and functioning of the programming system and language. Moreover, no responsibility is assumed by any contributor, or by the committee, in connection therewith.
The authors and copyright holders of the copyrighted material used herein are as follows: FLOW-MATIC (trademark of Unisys Corporation), Programming for the UNIVAC (R) I and II, Data Automation Systems, copyrighted 1958, 1959, by Unisys Corporation; IBM Commercial Translator Form No. F28-8013, copyrighted 1959 by IBM; FACT, DSI 27A5260-2760, copyrighted 1960 by Minneapolis-Honeywell.
They have specifically authorized the use of this material, in whole or in part, in the COBOL specifications. Such authorization extends to the reproduction and use of COBOL specifications in programming manuals or similar publications.
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|0, 1, ..., 9||digit|
|A, B, ..., Z||letter|
|a, b, ..., z||lowercase letter (equivalent to letter)|
|-||minus sign (hyphen)|
|/||slash (stroke, virgule)|
|>||greater than symbol|
|<||less than symbol|
|,||comma (decimal point)|
|.||period (decimal point, full stop)|
|"||quotation mark (double quotation mark)|
|'||apostrophe (single quotation mark)|
|«||double left-angle brackets|
|»||double right-angle brackets|
Except in nonnumeric literals, the compiler treats lowercase letters as if they were uppercase. Therefore, a program can contain COBOL words without regard to case.1 For example, the compiler recognizes the COBOL words in each of the following pairs as identical:
WORKING-STORAGE Working-Storage Input input file-a FILE-A INSPECT InSpect
1 On Tru64 UNIX the case sensitivity of the system affects COBOL's case insensitivity in a few situations. See the Section 3.1.1 paragraph in Chapter 3, and the section on Section 6.8.4 in Chapter 6. Also refer to the Compaq COBOL User Manual for a description of the -names lowercase, -names uppercase, and -names as_is flags.
A character-string is a character or a sequence of
contiguous characters that form a COBOL word, a literal, a
PICTURE character-string, or a comment-entry. Separators delimit
character-strings. The following sections describe these topics in
1.2.1 COBOL Words
A user-defined word or system-name cannot be a reserved word. However,
a program can use the same COBOL word as both a user-defined
word and a system-name. The compiler determines the word's class from
126.96.36.199 User-Defined Words
A user-defined word is a COBOL word that you must supply to satisfy the format of a clause or statement. This word consists of characters selected from the set A to Z, 0 to 9, the currency sign ($), underline (_), and hyphen (-). Throughout this manual, and except where specific rules apply, the hyphen (-) and the underline (_) are treated as the same character in a user-defined word. The underline (_), however, can begin or end a user-defined word, and the hyphen (-) cannot. By convention, names containing a currency sign ($) are reserved for Compaq.
Table 1-2 provides brief descriptions of the COBOL user-defined words.
|Alphabet-Name||Assigns a name to a character set, collating sequence, or both. Alphabet-names must be defined in the SPECIAL-NAMES paragraph. (See Section 4.1.3 in Chapter 4, Environment Division.)|
|Class-Name||Relates a name to a specified set of characters listed in that clause. (See Section 4.1.3 in Chapter 4, Environment Division.)|
|Condition-Name||Assigns a name to a value, set of values, or range of values in the complete set of values that a data item can have. Data items with one or more associated condition-names are called conditional variables.|
|Data-Name||Names a data item described in a data description entry. When specified in a general format, data-name cannot be reference modified, subscripted, indexed, or qualified unless specifically allowed by the rules for that format.|
Names a file connector. A
is a storage area that contains information
about a file and is the link between:
File description entries and sort-merge file description entries describe file connectors.
|Index-Name||Names an index associated with a specific table.|
|Level-Number||Is a one- or two-digit number that describes a data item's special properties or its position in the structure of a record. (See Sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2.)|
|Library-Name||Names a COBOL library used in a source program compilation. (See the Section 8.1.1 statement in Chapter 8.)|
|Mnemonic-Name||Associates a name with a system-name, such as CONSOLE, SYSERR, ARGUMENT-NUMBER, ENVIRONMENT-NAME, C01, OR SWITCH-8. (See Section 4.1.3 in Chapter 4.)|
Names a Procedure Division
paragraph. (See Section 2.1.3.) Paragraph-names are equivalent only if
they are identical; that is, if they are composed of the same sequence
and number of digits and/or characters.
|Program-Name||Identifies a COBOL source program. (See the Section 3.1.1 paragraph in Chapter 3, and the section on Section 6.8.4 in Chapter 6, for a description of case-sensitivity on the Tru64 UNIX operating system. Also refer to the Compaq COBOL User Manual for a description of the -names lowercase , -names uppercase , and -names as_is flags.)|
|Record-Name||Names a data item described with level-number 01 or 77.|
|Report-Name||Names a report produced by the Report Writer Control System (RWCS). (See the Section 5.3.42 clause in Chapter 5.)|
|Screen-Name (Alpha)||Names a screen item defined in the SCREEN SECTION of a program. (See the Section 5.3.6 section of Chapter 5.)<>|
|Section-Name||Names a Procedure Division section. Section-names are equivalent only if they are identical; that is, when they are composed of the same sequence and number of digits and/or characters. (See Section 2.1.2.)|
|Segmented-Key-Name||Identifies a segmented key, which is a concatenation of one or more (up to eight) data items (segments) within a record associated with an indexed file. A segmented key is a form of primary or alternate key. It offers flexibility in defining record description entries for indexed files. (Refer to the section on segmented keys in the Compaq COBOL User Manual.)|
|Segment-Number||Is a 1- or 2-digit number that classifies a Procedure Division section for segmentation. In Compaq COBOL programs, segment-numbers specify independent and fixed segments. (See Section 6.7.)|
|Symbolic-Character||Identifies a user-defined figurative constant.|
|Text-Name||Identifies library text in a COBOL library. (See the Section 8.1.1 statement in Chapter 8.)|
Within a given program, but excluding any contained program, the user-defined words are grouped into the following disjoint sets:
condition-names, data-names, and record-names