Declare numeric field with More than 18 Digits in Cobol

Have you ever wondered about the 18digits maximum limit of Numerical variable declaration (PIC 9(18) ) in Cobol?

Well you can override it in Enterprise Cool, or in other words if Language environment (a.k.a LE) is available at your shop. The Language environment is introduced back in 2000 by IBM, which is a common application layer for many Programming languages. The LE has a lot of cool features which I’ll be covering future posts. So keep coming back.

Here is a sample program for Numeric field declaration with more than 18 digits. The Compiler directive (CBL) is that really turning the ship around.

This compiler-directing statement selectively suppresses output or causes output to be produced. The keywords *CONTROL and *CBL are synonymous.

The Program logic is simple its just move a 31 digit number to the number 1 variable, then add it with itself and display it.

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The compile and run JCL will complete with return-code 000, here is the output I got in my machine.


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