Extend the length for numeric attributes to 31 digits - F49125

Idea created by frank.gerschwiler on Sep 10, 2014
    Not planned
    Score12

    The length for numeric attributes is restricted to 18 digits.

    COBOL allows a maximum length of 31 digits if the compiler option ARITH(EXTEND) is set.

    Due to the fact that the compiled programs show performance benefits if this option is chosen, the restriction has huge impact on web service usage between several programming languages (PL/I <-> COBOL) and the business needs.

     

    NOTE: Extending the length of numeric attributes will affect all target languages, not just COBOL.