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Re: [open-cobol-list] Sections in PROCEDURE DIVISION

From: Chris Geldenhuis
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] Sections in PROCEDURE DIVISION
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:08:43 +0200
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I agree with Vince.In fact performing paragraphs is forbidden in our shop as is the perform through construct.

It is far to easy to add a paragraph in the range of a perform through range and change the program logic unwittingly.

Another banned construct is the alter verb.

Both of the above make for code that is not maintainable over the long term.



Cobol developer since 1968 and still at it.

On 03/14/2013 04:44 PM, vince wrote:
On Thursday 14 Mar 2013 09:14:28 john Culleton wrote:
The OC COBOL Manual written by Gary Cutler is so good that I hesitate
to mention one omission. Most of us don't use sections in the PROCEDURE
DIVISION any more, if we ever did. But there are still older programs
around that used that construct. Gary mentions them only in connection
with the SORT verb. The construct deserves a separate mention.
Well here is one programmer that does use Sections within Cobol programs.
Performing Sections is more efficient then paragraphs with 'thru' in most

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