Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8201 Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
First and foremost: FOLLOW YOUR SITE STANDARDS!
Be aware that site standards vary from site to site, so what is not allowed at one site will be mandated at another site. And if you follow site standards, they may contradict anything you are told on this forum so you will need to filter every response against the site standards for your site. There is nothing inherently "good" or "bad" about INITIALIZE or EVALUATE or any other COBOL verb -- there are times when they should be used and times when they should not. Your goal should be to produce clear code that accomplishes the needed task.