UPPERCASE, lowercase

13 Sep

Way back in the early 80’s when I started developing in COBOL, code was always written entirely in uppercase, due to the limitations of the keypunch machines used in those days.  We’ve come a long way since then, and today’s … Read More »

The INSPECT statement

12 Sep

The INSPECT verb has several options: CONVERTING, REPLACING, and TALLYING. Here’s an example of the CONVERTING format: Let’s say that we have a field called FAVORITE-FOOTBALL-TEAM that contains this string:  Pittsburgh Steelers.    What if our application requires that the … Read More »