Problem with SQL(DATE=EXTERNAL) directive no longer recognized in Visual COBOL 2.1 Update 1

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Problem

In Visual COBOL 2.1 Hotfix 2 a new OpenESQL directive called sql(date=external) was added to allow for the date format to use when accessing an Oracle database to be set using the environment variable NLS_DATE_FORMAT.

This was working fine in Hotfix 2 but after upgrading to Visual COBOL 2.1 Update 1 this no longer appears to be recognized and the following error occurs:

COBCH0801 : Compiler directive SQL(DATE = EXTERNAL) is invalid or badly sequenced - all SQL statements ignored.

What happened?

Resolution

Development has added a new directive called sql(OPTION=PROCOB) which needs to be set if the DATE=EXTERNAL directive is to be used. Actually when setting OPTION=PROCOB on it will automatically set the DATE=EXTERNAL behavior on so the DATE=EXTERNAL is no longer required.

 

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