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How to declare an array dynamically in cobol

 
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Revankumar

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:03 pm    Post subject: How to declare an array dynamically in cobol
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Hi,

Is there any way in Cobol to declare the array dyanamically. Because this time if you array size as 100, and later if this size has to be increased...all we need to do is change the size in the program. Instead is it possible to declare the array dynamically so that programs need not be changed later on for the size. So that program should allocate by itself dyanamically as much size as required.
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somasundaran_k

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:07 pm    Post subject:
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Revan
You can't have a dynamic array in COBOL by it's true meaning. But you can create a variable length array ,if you know the maximum possible size of it.
Check this link.
http://publibz.boulder.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr_OS390/BOOKS/IGY3PG00/1.4.5?DT=20011203125201

hth
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Jagamohan

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject:
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hi revan
u can use depending on clause.

but any way u have to specify max size in the occur clause.

So you can give any higher value there for ur need.

thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:26 pm    Post subject:
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the only way 2 declare a dyanamic array is thru using the depending clause
its format is as follows

The OCCURS DEPENDING ON clause specifies variable-length tables;All data-names used in the OCCURS clause can be qualified; they cannot be subscripted or indexed.

The following fragment from an invoice record demonstrates the concept:

05 ws-array PIC 99.
05 ws-array OCCURS 0 TO 25 TIMES
DEPENDING ON ws-array.
10 QUANTITY PIC 9999.
10 DESCRIPTION PIC X(30).
10 UNIT-PRICE PIC S9(5)V99
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