In the following example, a class is defined and provided with simple getter and setters as a means of assigning and retrieving values. Square brackets used to access arrays, use 0-based indexing. Round brackets use 1-based indexing.
class-id SimpleIndexer. 01 myArray string occurs 100. indexer-id string. procedure division using by value i as binary-long. getter. set property-value to myArray[i] setter. set myArray[i] to property-value end indexer. end class.
See also the IndexerDemo.cbl in the Indexers sample, available from Start > All Programs > Micro Focus Visual COBOL > Samples, under COBOL for .NET .
If the FOR clause is specified, this indexer is an Explicit Interface Member Implementation. The indexer may not be invoked explicitly. It will be invoked implicitly when the corresponding indexer is invoked on an instance of this class which has been cast to the interface type.
Use of explicit interface implementation (via the FOR clause) is particularly useful when the class implements two different interfaces, and these two interfaces have a method with the same signature. In this case, by using the FOR phrase, you can supply two different implementations of the method for the two different interfaces.
interface-id. "Interface1". indexer-id string. procedure division using i as binary-long. end indexer. end interface. interface-id. "Interface2". indexer-id string. procedure division using i as binary-long. end indexer. end interface. class-id TwoIndexers implements type Interface1 type Interface2. indexer-id string for type Interface1. ... end indexer. indexer-id string for type Interface2. ... end indexer. end class.