Is there anyone who has found a way of converting a COBOL copybook to a Natural LDA?
We are using an external product, called FINALIST from Pitney Bowes.
There interface to this address cleansing program is through a COBOL COPYBOOK , which is 10,000 bytes buffer definition.
Any help would be appreciated. :?:
Predict has an “incorporation” function for this.
Thank you Ralph, now to learn about Predict… I just wanted to create a test LDA version , and I am not sure if I could touch Predict.
This is for a linkage area between programs calls.
There are 3rd-party Natural utilities that can do this (or at least help), but you could convert the copybook manually long before you acquire one.
- . Upload the copybook to a Natural library (here’s how: http://tech.forums.softwareag.com/viewtopic.php?p=23172&highlight=#23172)
. insert DEFINE DATA LOCAL, END-DEFINE, and END statements
. change the level numbers to be sequential
. use SCan to help you change VALUE clauses to INIT
. use SCan to replace underscores with hyphens
. be careful with COMP-n formats
. remove 77-levels
Once this “program” checks without errors, convert it to an xDA with a line command in the data editor:
Yes there is a provision to convert a cobol copy book to natural LDA in the predict tool.