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Doubt in Multiply verb in COBOL

 
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mshemanthkumar

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Doubt in Multiply verb in COBOL
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Hi,
If anyone can let me know about the following query in COBOL whether it's correct or not.

MULTIPLY A by B C GIVING D E

i am getting the error as there are many variables given before "GIVING" verb.color=blue][/color]
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:31 pm    Post subject:
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neither FORMAT 1 or FORMAT 2 of the MULTIPLY statement
(it is not a query - you are misusing a DB2 term)
provides for multiple multiplicands nor multiple quotients.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:15 pm    Post subject:
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ok thanks for your reply.please give me the solution..


mshemanthkumar,

don't send me private messages. Besides,

there could be someone else on this forum that is too lazy
to look at the manuals
IBM Manuals button at top of every page on this website.

Pick any COBOL Reference manual,
check-out chapter on Procedure Division statements,
MULTIPLY is one of them.
Click on the link for MULTIPLY and READ the documentation.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:16 pm    Post subject:
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another private msg:
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Are you sure it's available in any reference manual? Don't you think we would have searched already?

This is not the proper answer. If you know the exact answer please post your reply else leave it as it is some one may try to find the solution.


1. Not only did your error message provide you a rather large hint as to what was wrong, but I gave you the solution.
Quote:

neither FORMAT 1 or FORMAT 2 of the MULTIPLY statement
...
provides for multiple multiplicands nor multiple quotients.


2. Has not been much activity on this topic.
your question and my three posts.
maybe, others consider a non-question.

3. If your problem is language comprehension, say so; I or someone else will spell it out.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:21 pm    Post subject:
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the multiply statement has:

one multiplier, one multiplicand and one quotient.
Your statement has two (2) multiplicands - B and C
and two (2) quotients - D and E
Quote:

MULTIPLY A by B C GIVING D E


remove B or C and D or E.

Below are acceptable Multiply statements:

MULTIPLY A BY B GIVING D
MULTIPLY A BY B GIVING E
MULTIPLY A BY C GIVING D
MULTIPLY A BY C GIVING E
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:29 pm    Post subject:
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In my manual it seems to say that the following is also acceptable:
Code:
MULTIPLY A BY B GIVING D E F (etc.)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject:
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I stand corrected, Jack.

got a little carried away.
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