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

From: Patrick
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] 60 character identifiers
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:59:13 -0400
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Hi Vince

The change in the allowable length is part of the Cobol 2002 standard.

Please see here:

Please go to slide 32 of 35

I have written a bit of OO in several languages and all I have ever used was singleton classes. I don't really think I need full blown objection orientation. Cobol 85 already has facilities for code reuse and code layouts that allow code to be private or public. I would however like to use naming conventions that show relationships and I am worried I will run out of space with 30 characters.

Thanks for responding to my post-Patrick

On 12/03/13 08:00 PM, vince wrote:
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:

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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