This chapter provides an overview of file handling.
One of the main facilities that COBOL has to offer as a programming language is built-in file handling capabilities. Files of sequential, relative and indexed organization can be handled using simple COBOL syntax.
In addition, Micro Focus COBOL offers the following file handling features:
|File Handling Feature
|Line sequential file organization||Access ASCII text files from your COBOL program|
|A set of COBOL system library routines||Manipulate files and directories|
|A set of COBOL system library routines||Handle files at the byte level|
|A conversion module||Read from and write to Btrieve files|
|Fileshare||Access groups of files on network servers|
The Micro Focus File Handler, by default, performs all COBOL I/O operations on all the standard COBOL file organizations: sequential, relative and indexed files. In addition, you can use the File Handler's Applications Programming Interface (API) to call the File Handler directly from your COBOL program.
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