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1 3-1 COBOL for the 21 st Century Nancy Stern Hofstra University Robert A. Stern Nassau Community College James P. Ley University of Wisconsin-Stout (Emertius) John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 11th edition

2 3-2 The DATA DIVISION Chapter 3

3 3-3 Chapter Objectives To familiarize you with Systems design considerations Ways in which data is organized Rules for forming data-names Defining input and output files in DATA DIVISION Defining storage for work fields and constants

4 3-4 Chapter Contents Systems Design Considerations Forming Data-Names The FILE SECTION of the DATA DIVISION Types of Data WORKING-STORAGE SECTION of the DATA DIVISION

5 3-5 Humor

6 3-6 Systems Design Considerations Systems analyst designs computerized business information system First determines what outputs from system should be Then designs inputs needed to produce desired outputs Designs specifications for programs to read required input and produce output

7 3-7 Interactive and Batch Programs Fully Interactive Programs –Use ACCEPT to get input from keyboard –Use DISPLAY to display output on screen Full Batch Programs –Get input from files on disk –Direct output to files on disk Hybrid Programs –Use combination of interactive and batch input and output methods

8 3-8 COBOL Data Organization Field - group of characters forming a meaningful unit or basic fact –Characters in a name or digits in an amount Records - group of related fields –All fields related to customer File - group of related records –Customer file made up of customer records

9 3-9 Categories of Data Data categories in COBOL each assigned user-defined name –Files, records, fields in batch programs –Fields keyed in or displayed in interactive programs Data-name or identifier for user-defined name in DATA DIVISION must follow certain rules

10 3-10 User-Defined Data-Name Rules 1.1 to 30 characters 2.Letters, digits, hyphens (-) only 3.No embedded blanks 4.At least one alphabetic character 5.May not begin or end with hyphen 6.May not be COBOL reserved word

11 3-11 Identify the valid data-names 1. Date-Of-Birth 2. Amount$Out 3. Section 4. -First-Name 5. 98-6 6. Time out

12 3-12 Data-Name Guidelines 1.Use meaningful data-names that describe contents of field Amount-Due-In instead of A1 2.Use prefixes or suffixes in data-names when appropriate -IN and -OUT for fields (Emp-Salary-IN and Emp-Salary-OUT) -FILE and -RECORD for file and record names (Emp-File and Emp-Record)

13 3-13 DATA DIVISION Defines, describes storage for all data Two main sections –FILE SECTION Defines all input and output files, records, fields Required for any program that uses files, typically batch programs –WORKING-STORAGE SECTION Defines constants, end-of-file indicators and work areas Defines fields not part of input or output files

14 3-14 Types of Files to Define Input files Master files Transaction files Output files New Master files Report files

15 3-15 File Description Entries Each file described with an FD (File Descriptor) sentence One FD for each SELECT statement in ENVIRONMENT DIVISION FD followed by File-name Optional clauses to describe file and format of its records


17 3-17 File Description clauses LABEL RECORDS clause –Used if labels stored in file BLOCKS CONTAINS clause –Indicates blocking factor for disk files Both labels and blocking usually handled by operating systems so clauses will be omitted

18 3-18 RECORD CONTAINS clause Indicates size of each record Optional but recommended since it provides check on record size Given this FD FD Sales-File Record Contains 75 Characters. If PICTURE clauses mistakenly add up to 76, compiler will report a syntax error

19 3-19 Defining a Record Each FD followed by record description entries for the file Data grouped in COBOL by levels Record-name defined at the 01 level Considered highest level of data Fields within a record defined at subordinate level with level numbers from 02 to 49

20 3-20 Record Description Example 01 Employee-Rec-In. 05 Name-In … 05 Annual-Salary-In … 05 Job-Description-In … Fields at 05 level subordinate to 01 level entry All fields at same level (05), independent or not subordinate to each other

21 3-21 SELECT, FD, 01 entries & fields SELECT names file, assigns it to hardware device FD describes file 01 names record 02-49 describes fields within record

22 3-22 Elementary and Group Items Items defined with a level number are one of two types –Elementary item - field that is not further subdivided Must include a PICTURE clause –Group item - field that is further subdivided Has no PICTURE clause

23 3-23 Elementary and Group Items 01 Employee-Rec-In. 05 Name-In … 10 First-Name-In (Picture clause) 10 Last-Name-In (Picture clause) 05 Annual-Salary-In (Picture clause) Name-In is group item since it is subdivided into first and last name Employee-Rec-In also group item First-Name-In is elementary item since it is not further subdivided

24 3-24 Invalid Level Numbers 01 Employee-Rec-In. 05 Name-In … 10 First-Name-In (Picture clause) 12 Last-Name-In (Picture clause) 05 Annual-Salary-In (Picture clause) Last-Name-In level number is invalid since it is not subordinate to First-Name-In Both first and last name are at same level and should have same level number

25 3-25 PICTURE (PIC) clauses Specify type of data stored in field Indicate size of field

26 3-26 Types of data fields Alphabetic Only letters or blanks For name, item description, etc. Alphanumeric Any character - letters, digits, special characters For an address like 123 N. Main St. Numeric Only digits For fields used in arithmetic operations

27 3-27 Data Types in PICTURE clause A for alphabetic X for alphanumeric 9 for numeric

28 3-28 Size of Data Fields Denote size of field by: Number of A’s, X’s or 9’s used in PICTURE 01 Cust-Rec-In. 05Cust-ID-InPicture XXXX. 05Amt-InPicture 99999.

29 3-29 Size of Data Fields My also denote size of field by: A, X or 9 followed by number in parentheses 01 Cust-Rec-In. 05Cust-ID-InPicture X(4). 05Amt-InPicture 9(5).

30 3-30 Defining Fields in Record Must account for all positions defined in record layout Must describe fields in order they appear in record Field names should be unique For fields not used by program –Data-name may be left blank (preferable) –May use reserved word FILLER as data-name –Positions must still be defined using PIC clause

31 3-31 Implied Decimal Point For fields used in arithmetic operations Symbol V used in PIC clause to denote location of implied decimal point Decimal point itself not stored as part of number To store value 26.79 in field AMT-IN, code entry as 05 Amt-In Pic 99V99.

32 3-32 Variable and Constant Data Entries in DATA DIVISION reserve storage for data Entries in FILE SECTION reserve storage for data from records in input/output files WORKING-STORAGE SECTION reserves storage for keyed input/output

33 3-33 Variable Data Entries in both SECTIONs define variable data Contents of field change (vary) with each new record read or new value keyed in Contents unknown until program begins execution

34 3-34 Constant Data Data with a fixed value Value that does not depend on input Examples: Fixed tax rate of.05 Message “INVALID” displayed when a value is in error.05 and “INVALID” are constant values

35 3-35 Types of Constants Numeric literal Examples:.05 5280 199.99 Constant used for arithmetic operations Nonnumeric (alphanumeric) literal Examples: “INVALID” “Enter your name” Constant used for all operations except arithmetic Figurative constant SPACES ZEROS Reserved word for commonly used values

36 3-36 Rules for Numeric Literals 1.1 to 18 digits. 2.+ or - sign may be included to left of first digit. 3.Decimal point permitted within literal. May not follow last digit. Valid numeric literals 23 +2359.4.125 -68734

37 3-37 Rules for Nonnumeric Literals Must be enclosed in quotation marks From 1 to 160 characters, including space Any character in COBOL character set except quotation mark Valid Nonnumeric Literals '123 Main St.' '$14.99' '12,342' 'Enter a value from 1 to 10'

38 3-38 Nonnumeric Literals Only characters within quotes are moved or displayed May contain all numbers ('125') but not same as numeric literal (125) –Cannot be used in arithmetic operations –Cannot be moved to field with PIC of 9’s Are not data-names –'Amount-In' not same as field defined in DATA DIVISION called Amount-In

39 3-39 Figurative Constants - ZERO ZERO, ZEROS or ZEROES means all zeros Move Zeros To Total-Out Fills each position in Total-Out with a zero May be used with both numeric and alphanumeric fields Example

40 3-40 Figurative Constants - SPACE SPACE or SPACES means all spaces or blanks Move Spaces To Code-Out Fills each position in Code-Out with a space or blank Use only with alphanumeric fields since blank is invalid numeric character Example

41 3-41 WORKING-STORAGE SECTION Follows FILE SECTION Begins with heading on line by itself Starts in Area A, ends with period All items must be defined at 01 level or in entries subordinate to 01 level entry

42 3-42 WORKING-STORAGE SECTION Rules for user-defined data-names apply Elementary items: –Must include PICTURE clause –May be assigned initial value with VALUE clause

43 3-43 Uses of WORKING-STORAGE To define fields used for Keyed input and displayed output Intermediate arithmetic results Counters and totals End-Of-File Indicators

44 3-44 VALUE clause To define initial value for field If omitted, field’s value undefined when program begins execution May be used only in WORKING- STORAGE SECTION

45 3-45 VALUE vs MOVE VALUE clause used in DATA DIVISION –Gives initial value before execution begins MOVE used in PROCEDURE DIVISION –Assigns value to field after program begins MOVE may change initial value of field

46 3-46 VALUE Clause Contains literal or figurative constant Data type must match PICTURE Numeric literals or ZEROS used with PIC 9 fields 01 WS-Tax-Rate Pic V99 Value.06. 01 WS-Total Pic 999 Value Zeros.

47 3-47 VALUE Clause Nonnumeric literals, ZEROS or SPACES used with PIC X fields 01 WS-EOF Pic X(3) Value ‘YES’. 01 WS-Descrip Pic X(8) Value Spaces.

48 3-48 Defining Constants or Literals Define a literal of.28 (28%) for a tax rate Method 1 - code as literal in PROCEDURE DIVISION Multiply.28 by WS-Salary Giving WS-Tax Method 2 - store in data item in WORKING-STORAGE SECTION 01 WS-Rate Pic V99 Value.28.

49 3-49 Defining Constants or Literals Method 2 - use data-name in place of literal in PROCEDURE DIVISION Multiply WS-Rate by WS-Salary Giving WS-Tax –Preferable for literals used more than once –Reduces likelihood of error since literal value entered one time –Allows meaningful name to be associated with number

50 3-50 Continuation of Literals Nonnumeric literals may be up to 160 characters Long literals may not fit on one typed line Subdividing long literals into separate fields is recommended

51 3-51 Continuation of Literals Separate this report title into two fields "Transaction Report for XYZ Corporation" 01 Report-Title. 05 Pic X18) Value 'Transaction Report'. 05 Pic X(20) Value ' for XYZ Corporation'. Example

52 3-52 Continuation of Literals Long literals may be continued from one line to next, although this is not recommended Rules for continuation of literals from one line to next –Begin literal with quotation mark. –Continue literal to position 72. Do not end with quotation mark. –Place hyphen on next line in position 7. –Continue literal with quotation mark starting anywhere in Area B. –End literal with quotation mark.

53 3-53 COBOL 2008 Changes 1.LABEL RECORDS clause will be phased out entirely 2.VALUE clause will be allowed in FILE SECTION 3.Way to continue nonnumeric literals will change 4.Margins A and B rules will be guidelines rather than requirements 5.Commas and dollar signs will be permissible in numeric literals

54 3-54 Chapter Summary Data organized into files, records and fields Variable data changes with each run depending on input values Constant or literal data defined within program, not entered as input

55 3-55 Chapter Summary FILE SECTION includes FD entry for each file used by program Record names coded at 01 level Field names coded at 02-49 level Fields must be defined in order they appear in record

56 3-56 Chapter Summary Group items are further subdivided Elementary items are not subdivided Elementary items have PICTURE clause Codes X, A, 9, V used to describe data

57 3-57 Chapter Summary WORKING-STORAGE SECTION used for storing –Intermediate results, counters –End-of-file indicators –Interactive data accepted as input or displayed VALUE clauses may be used in this section to initialize fields

58 3-58 Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or translation of this work beyond that permitted in Section 117 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act without the express written permission of the copyright owner is unlawful. Request for further information should be addressed to the Permissions Department, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The purchaser may make back-up copies for his/her own use only and not for distribution or resale. The Publisher assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or damages, caused by the use of these programs or from the use of the information contained herein.

59 3-59 The DATA DIVISION Chapter 3

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