Yes I agree the dozens of DISPLAY commands in a production program is over the top.

However the guy who wrote the pgm is still working here, and he still uses them, and he hasn't removed them, so I didn't feel that it was my place.

Hes an old-schooler, still only uses PDM and OPM-only Cobol (never ILE) so I find it much easier to "go with the flow" :)

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"COBOL400-L" <cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote on 01/19/2017
01:00:22 PM:
----- Message from "Stone, Joel" <Joel.Stone@xxxxxxxxxx> on Thu, 19
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"COBOL Programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)" <cobol400-


Re: [COBOL400-L] Any simple method of ignoring "Display" commands in
a Cobol pgm?

Wow that's an excellent idea!!

The IF/END-IF aren't so bad by themselves, but placed into already
deeply nested condition statements, READ INVALID KEY statements,
EVALUATEs, etc, that will make it a lot easier to maintain and read.

Also it will be far less likely that I will introduce my own bugs.

Thanks for the tip!


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Subject: Re: [COBOL400-L] Any simple method of ignoring "Display"
commands in a Cobol pgm?

On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:54:59 +0000, you wrote:

The only reason I wanted to do this is because the DISPLAY
commandseems to
significantly slow down the execution of a large batch run.
I will resolve by conditioning the DISPLAY statements (IF...END-IF) to
execute during a prod run, that will be doable. But there are 100+ of
for whatever reason???

What about conditioning all those DISPLAY statements with a D in column
7 so
that they get executed only when in COBOL debug mode (see STRCBLDBG)?

Indeed an excellent suggestion if the statements genuinely serve a purpose
in development mode. Just don't forget to code the with debugging mode on
the source-computer paragraph.

This does also raise the question, is there any use to these statements at
all? If not, you could also simply delete them. I never use the debugging
mode because I debug in RDi. I can see more and don't have to recompile or
run in a special environment--i.e., STRCBLDBG.

Michael Quigley
Computer Services
The Way International

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