• Subject: RE: Non-Join multi-PF logical file format
  • From: "Dias, Armando" <Adias@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 10:54:12 -0400

Dear  Domenico Finucci:
Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Armando G. Dias and I am a
programmer in the COBOL environment for almost 6 yrs.  In the United States,
COBOL is disappearing, because of the constant new languages coming up such
as C, C++, Java, etc.
Looking at your e-mail address and your name, your must be in Italy, Europe,
am I right?
I would like to know, if you don't mind, how's the popularity of the
programming language COBOL being used in other countries besides America
..... in your case Europe.  Is this still a very popular language  or is
COBOL 400 (COBOL on AS400) still much alive.  
I could not or almost impossible find text books etc. on the topics of COBOL
400 not to say COBOL.  The reason is that when IBM put the AS400 out, IBM
was gearing towards RPG 400 and now, the ILE concepts, etc. 
It is extremelly hard to find a job as a COBOL programmer in the AS400 arena
- because the skills are considered dead.  It is not marketable, and almost
all the major companies which uses AS400, use RPG 400 as their main
programming language.  Almost nobody has good experience in COBOL400.  How
about the same scenario in Italy?
Can you please share me some of your thoughts?
Thank you.
Armando G. Dias
(410) 706-1664 (W) 9a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

-----Original Message-----
From: Finucci Domenico [mailto:finucci@fiditalia.it]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2000 9:10 AM
To: 'COBOL400-L@midrange.com'
Subject: R: Non-Join multi-PF logical file format

yes, it does. 
Let's take an example and suppose we have the following LF
R    RFILE1    PFILE(PF01)
A    K    Field01
A    K    Field02

R    RFILE2    PFILE(PF02)
A    K    Field01
A    K    Field02

R    RFILE3    PFILE(PF03)
A    K    Field01
A    K    Field02
(the three PF share the same key structure ). 
Your Cobol program is able to read such an LF with SEQUENTIAL, DYNAMIC and
RANDOM Access as with a normal one. Remember that COBOL/400 supplies the
register variable DB-FORMAT-NAME which hosts the name of the last format
Let me know if it's clear enough.
Yours sincerely.

Domenico Finucci 

-----Messaggio originale-----
Da: David Keck [mailto:dkeck@idt.net]
Inviato: mercoledý 24 maggio 2000 17.47
A: cobol400-l@midrange.com
Oggetto: Non-Join multi-PF logical file format

Can a COBOL program work with a non-join logical file record format which
references more than one PF (more than one PF in the DDS PFILE entry) ?  I
know RPG programs can NOT compile if they reference such a file.  Thanks.

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