Execute the program

Next, you execute and test the program.

The following sections explain-in several stages-how you can build upon the preceding step by adding increasingly more functionality to the COBOL data structure (designed in step 1 of this example), and then compiling and running the program after each stage.

In the first stage, the original program fragment is developed into a working COBOL program that calls the XML Extensions library. Next, the XML EXPORT FILE statement is used to create an XML document from the content of the COBOL data structure. Finally, the XML document is fully populated with data values. With each iteration, the program is recompiled.