Accessing Data on the Command Line from COBOL

You can use the following methods to enable a program to access and use data on the command line:

In .NET COBOL, you can use the following construct:
    program-id. Program1.
    data division.
    Procedure division using by value cmds as string occurs any.
    Perform varying s as string thru CMDS
            Display s


Only in native COBOL can you use the command_line_linkage run-time system tunable to have parameters passed to your main program.