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nikyojin

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Difference in mainframe cobol and MF Cobol/ Fujitsu Cobol
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Please let me know the differences between mainframe, microfocus
and fujitsu cobol
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

You probably have a clear idea of what you really want to know . . . We don't.

What kind of differences are you looking for? What is the reason for the question? How would the answers be used?

From my experience with more than a dozen cobol compilers, cobol is pretty much cobol. If you are really good with one, you can be really good with others. . .
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply to: Difference in mainframe cobol and MF Cobol/ Fujits
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Hi dick.. Thx for the reply. I'm a mainframes guy and now I'm working on MFE using Micro Focus cobol.
I have seen some pieces of code in cobol which I haven't come across while working in mainframes whcih sort of prompted me to ask this question.
I'm also told by my seniors that mainframes cobol do not support pointers while Micro Focus cobol does.

Code:
           IF ADDRESS OF CSCPPARE NOT =
                  papare-addr IN CSCPRAG-addr IN CSCDADDR
              SET ADDRESS OF CSCPPARE
               TO papare-addr IN CSCPRAG-addr IN CSCDADDR
           END-IF


I have also attached the exact piece of code.
Please let me know your suggestions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject:
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Hi nikyojin !

Mainframe-Cobol , COBOL-II, does support pointers.
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Hello,

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I'm also told by my seniors that mainframes cobol do not support pointers while Micro Focus cobol does.
Yes, there are vendor/platform specifics in various cobol compilers. They are not always interchangable.

It is wise to have separate sets of sample code for each platform/compiler version you need to work with. The best way to get your samples is from code that is already working on the system you are interested in.
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