The COBOL conversion searches for three items within the syntax of a SQL statement that are allowed in the COBOL, but are not valid SQL syntax:
A dash or minus in a variable name
Comments in the middle of the SQL statement
The ]] (double right square bracket) as the concatenate symbol
This conversion is only applied when the Scanner Job is added to the Job Manager window using the COBOL option under the Select Source Code page in the Add Jobs wizard.
If a variable name contains "-" minus sign, then it will be replaced with "_".
If the 7th column of the line is an asterisk (*) then the complete line will be recognized as a line comment.
If ]] (two right brackets) are used to concatenate column names, they will be replace with a +.
SELECT * FROM EMPLOYEE
* Get the department number
WHERE EMP_ID > :employee-id
AND ENAME ]] JOB = :name-job
FROM EMPLOYEE -- * Get the department number
WHERE EMP_ID > :employee_id
AND ENAME || JOB = :name_job
Note: If your COBOL file has tags at the beginning of the lines of code, you need to use the Number of characters to be skipped at the beginning of every line for all files option found on the SQL Scanner tab in the Options window.