There is no random number function in cobol.  There are a couple of callable
cobol random number generators in a thread

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Kelly Cookson
> Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 8:10 AM
> To:
> Subject: RANDOM function with COBOL400?
> Newbie question.
> I have to generate a list of randomly selected
> employees for drug testing.  I was thinking of using
> the RANDOM function.  Unless someone has a better
> idea! :)
> I can't seem to get the RANDOM function coded
> properly.  When I code the following line using SEU:
> SEU highlights the line and gives the following error
> message:
> "ANS COBOL reserved word FUNCTION will be accepted as
> a nonreserved word. A period is required before
> RANDOM. Line rejected."
> I tried coding the variation:
> and got the error message:
> "RANDOM not arithmetic expression. Line rejected."
> What am I missing here?  How do I use the RANDOM
> function in COBOL400?
> Thanks in advance.
> Kelly
> __________________________________________________
> Do You Yahoo!?
> Make international calls for as low as $.04/minute with Yahoo! Messenger
> _______________________________________________
> This is the COBOL Programming on the iSeries/AS400 (COBOL400-L)
> mailing list
> To post a message email:
> To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options,
> visit:
> or email:

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

This thread ...


Follow On AppleNews
Return to Archive home page | Return to MIDRANGE.COM home page

This mailing list archive is Copyright 1997-2021 by and David Gibbs as a compilation work. Use of the archive is restricted to research of a business or technical nature. Any other uses are prohibited. Full details are available on our policy page. If you have questions about this, please contact [javascript protected email address].

Operating expenses for this site are earned using the Amazon Associate program and Google Adsense.