IBM EMEA Sales Manual  © IBM Corporation 2002. Revised:  December 20, 2002.

5686-068 IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA Version 1

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IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA extends IBM strategic COBOL technology in the VSE/ESA environment. The COBOL compiler provides a rich set of intrinsic functions, including date handling with four-digit year support, string handling, financial capabilities, statistical functions, and mathematical formulas


The advanced technology of IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA provides:

  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Increased longevity
  • Increased development flexibility


IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA is a fully upward compatible successor to VS COBOL II, and offers the same level of support for the ANSI 1985 COBOL standard as VS COBOL II. It supports the following:

  • Associated Data function (ADATA)
  • Intrinsic function
  • Common Execution Environment (CEE)
  • LE for VSE run-time like MVS and VM
  • Improved performance optimization
  • Fixed-point decimal data as a native data type

It is an implementation of IBM COBOL for MVS and VM, which is based on the ANSI 1989 COBOL standard, and requires LE for VSE as a prerequisite program.

IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA gives you a migration path from DOS/VS COBOL and VS COBOL II. Most of your current programs will continue to run without modification, while you selectively update existing applications to take advantage of advanced functions. By migrating from DOS/VS COBOL to IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA you get beyond the 24-bit addressing virtual storage constraint. Structured programming, 31-bit addressing support, and dynamic call support are just a few of the many benefits that justify your migration.

Technical Description

Operating Environment Hardware Requirements Software Requirements

Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

COBOL for VSE/ESA will run on any hardware configuration supported by the licensed programs specified below.

Software Requirements

Unless otherwise announced by IBM, COBOL for VSE/ESA Version 1 runs under the control of, or in conjunction with, the currently supported releases of the following programs and their subsequent releases or their equivalents. For more information on programs listed below that require program temporary fixes (PTFs), refer to the program directory, the customization guide, and the preventive support planning (PSP) bucket.

Required Licensed Programs

  • VSE/ESA Version 2 (5690-VSE) or later
  • Language Environment for VSE/ESA V1.4 (5686-094) or later

Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities

Not applicable.


A Program Directory and Licensed Program Specifications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material.

Security, Auditability, and Control

This program uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.


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