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Status Not under consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 11, 2020

Support for Bind avoidance when using Enterprise Cobol with co-processor

The basic idea of Bind Avoidance is to exchange the consistency token in the executing code from the current version to the previous which means that no package bind will be necessary.

Traditionally the Db2 pre-compiler has been used to pre-process the embedded SQL before doing the compilation. This means that it was quite easy to do the exchange of consistency token if needed since it could be done in the source code. When the Db2 coprocessor was introduced however this was no longer possible since the coprocessor is not a separate step but integrated with the COBOL compiler. This meant that the exchange was changed to do a separate update of the generated object code instead. After the release of Enterprise COBOL V5 the format of the object code was changed however which meant that this was no longer possible without updating that utility that executed the exchange. Unfortunately this has not been done by IBM.

In Enterprise COBOL V6 new syntax was introduced that the pre-compiler cannot parse so if that syntax is used you are forced to use the coprocessor and, starting from V6.3, if you need 64 bit addressing or newer COBOL language such as floating comment delimiters, JSON  and XML syntax,  your only option is the coprocessor since the pre-compiler generates invalid COBOL code.


What this boils down to is to:

  • If you need and want Bind Avoidance – use Db2 pre-compiler
  • If you use Enterprise COBOL V5 and better – Bind Avoidance may not be an option depending on your COBOL source and thus Bind Avoidance is not possible

    Why is it useful?

    Bind avoidance reduce the number om binds dramatically, save resources and reduce the size of your DB2 catalog and directory.

Needed by Date Dec 31, 2020
  • Guest
    Nov 2, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this enhancement request. While we view all the enhancement requests we receive as valuable and we would like to implement all of them, in an effort to have maximum transparency we are closing the ones that don’t currently appear on our two year product roadmap. This is not to say that these enhancements may not still be implemented at some point in the future, as we constantly evaluate our requirements on the basis of customer demand and technical impact and try to deliver maximum value to our customers. We appreciate your feedback and would be happy to discuss your enhancement requests further.