ternary operator

Alex Martelli aleax at aleax.it
Tue Feb 11 14:12:49 CET 2003

John Roth wrote:
> Sigh. It's also wrong - whoever wrote the original didn't know COBOL!
> While I've forgotten the syntax, it has a fully functional case style
> construct (SELECT)?.

As I recall, SELECT associates filenames with datasets -- I don't
think that's the one you mean.  Maybe EVALUATE, as in:

EVALUATE some-expression
    WHEN 1  ...
    WHEN 2 THROUGH 17 ...
    WHEN OTHER ...

if my memory's not playing tricks.  There's also some weird
form "EVALUATE this ALSO that ... WHEN 12 ALSO 23 ..." but
I don't think anybody would claim that's readable or clear...
and you could have expressions in the WHEN, I believe, not
just constants... I'd better stop before some real cobolist
starts laughing too hard, I only learned Cobol in a couple of
days because it was the only alternative to a horrid non
procedural thing called "cross-system product" that I could
use to help a local University make some mods to their
accounting system, and that was 15 years ago...!-)


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