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Re: [open-cobol-list] 60 character identifiers

From: vince
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] 60 character identifiers
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:53 +0000
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> For my needs 30 character identifier are just fine for variables.
> However I would like to simulate an object oriented approach and I want
> to use very long file names, for example:
> parent-child-private-doSomething.cob
> parent-child-public-dosomethingElse.cob
> etc

Now some good news and some bad  ..

In Linux and Windows for that matter you can have long file names

> Is there a way to set the limit to 60?
> I am about 3-6 months away from being able to contribute to open Cobol
> development, have to learn Cobol first and read up on Bison, Flex and
> Autotools but I could try to tackle this if this is a good 2002 feature
> to implement.

Cobol has intrinsic limits for a range of variables that was set/created in 
the 50's.

Increasing it would LIMIT the compilers/platforms that are used to migrate an 
existing source program that did not conform to a reasonable level of the 
Cobol standards.

There is an organisation based in the USA that has members around the world 
that have an interest in redefining and creating updates to the Cobol standard.

So, ask a representative on that board that is based near to you and it just 
might happen.

See the manual STD.BK.pdf which you can get via:

This was the latest proposed standard but it might now be updated,



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