Parse a Data String
SimoPARS - The COBOL Source Code
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  SimoPARS, What It Does
  SimoPARS, How To Use
  The COBOL Source Code
  The COBOL Copy File
  Summary
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The SimoPARS routine (or callable program) will read a data string from left-to-right and based on a user defined delimiter byte it will identify the starting position and size of each field (or sub-string) within the data string.

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The following is a snippet of code that shows how to use the SimoPARS callable program.

      *    Prepare control items for parsing.
           move '0' to PRS-REQUEST
           add 9 to ZERO giving PRS-STATUS
           move ' ' to PRS-DELIMITER
           move 'N' to PRS-TERMINATOR
           move ' ' to PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE
           add 32 to ZERO giving PRS-TABLE-MAX
           add 128 to ZERO giving PRS-BUFFER-SIZE
      *    Move the data string to the parsing buffer and call
      *    the parsing routine.
           move TASK-01-DATA to    PRS-BUFFER
           call 'SIMOPARS'   using PRS-PARAMETERS

The following is a brief description of each of the fields used within the pass area (PRS-PARAMETERS). For a detailed description of the pass area refer to the COBOL Copy File section of this document that defines the structure of the pass area.

Field-Name Description
PRS-REQUEST Type of request, must be zero (0) for parsing. This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-STATUS This is an indicator as to the success or failure of the request. A value of zero (0000) indicates the routine was successful. A non-zero value indicates a failure.
PRS-DELIMITER This is a one byte character that is used as a delimiter. This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-PRS-KEEP-NULL-FIELDS This must be a Yes (Y) or No (N) value
(Y) will indicate a Yes, keep null field
(N) will indicate a No and null fields will be dropped.
PRS-SUSPEND This must be a Yes (Y) or No (N) value to indicate that the suspend/resume function of checking for a delimiter is active.
PRS-SUSPEND-BYTE If the previous parameter is (Y) this byte will be used to suspend or resume the testing for a delimiter character.
PRS-TERMINATOR This must be a Yes (Y) or No (N) value to indicate a character that will be used for termination of the parsing. If (Y) then the next parameter (PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE) is used as a termination character. If (N) the buffer will be parsed according to the size (PRS-BUFFER-SIZE) of the buffer or maximum number of table entries (PRS-TABLE-MAX). This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE If the previous parameter (PRS-TERMINATOR) is (Y) this byte will be used to terminate the parsing when it is encountered in the data string. This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-BUFFER-SIZE The size of the data string to be parsed and must be a value of 1-1024. This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-BUFFER This is the data string or field that will be parsed. This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-TABLE-MAX Maximum number of table entries available for the POSITION/SIZE values of the words in the input buffer. This item is provided by the calling program and is not modified by the parsing routine.
PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS This is the number of keywords found in the input data string. This item is provided by the parsing routine.
PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE This is the position of the last significant (or non space if spaces are the delimiter) byte in the field. This is also the length of the text string within the field.
PRS-POSITION This is a table of 64 elements of 4-bytes. The value is either zero (0) or the size of a keyword within the input data string. This item is provided by the parsing routine.
PRS-SIZE This is a table of 64 elements of 4-bytes. The value is either zero (0) or the position of a keyword within the input data string. The first position within the buffer is one (1). This item is provided by the parsing routine.
  A Brief Description of each of the Fields Used within the Pass Area

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The following member (SIMOPARS.cbl) is the COBOL Source Code.

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       PROGRAM-ID.    SIMOPARS.
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      * Copy Files     PASSPARS.CPY
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      *
      * SIMOPARS - Parse Buffer defined in pass area.
      *
      * CALLING PROTOCOL
      * ----------------
      * call 'SIMOPARS' using PRS-PARAMETERS
      *
      *    01  PRS-PARAMETERS.
      *        05  PRS-REQUEST          PIC X       VALUE '0'.
      *        05  PRS-STATUS           PIC 9(4).
      *        05  PRS-DELIMITER        PIC X       VALUE SPACE.
      *        05  PRS-KEEP-NULL-FIELDS PIC X       VALUE 'N'.
      *        05  PRS-SUSPEND          PIC X       VALUE 'N'.
      *        05  PRS-SUSPEND-BYTE     PIC X       VALUE SPACE.
      *        05  PRS-TERMINATOR       PIC X       VALUE 'N'.
      *        05  PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE  PIC X       VALUE SPACE.
      *        05  PRS-BUFFER-SIZE      PIC 9(4)    VALUE 2048.
      *        05  PRS-BUFFER           PIC X(2048).
      *        05  PRS-TABLE-MAX        PIC 9(4)    VALUE 128.
      *        05  PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS  PIC 9(4)    VALUE 0.
      *        05  PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE    PIC 9(4)    VALUE 0.
      *        05  PRS-POSITION         OCCURS 128 TIMES
      *                                 PIC 9(4)    VALUE 0.
      *        05  PRS-SIZE             OCCURS 128 TIMES
      *
      * This routine uses reference modification to identify the
      * position of the first significant character after the
      * delimiter character. This approach compensates for multiple
      * leading or embedded delimiter characters. The string function
      * of COBOL does not handle leading spaces.
      *
      * For example, if the delimiter character is a space then
      * leading spaces will be ignored and multiple, embedded spaces
      * will be treated as a single space.
      *
      * MAINTENANCE
      * -----------
      * 1998/01/02 Simmons, CREATED PROGRAM.
      * 1998/01/02 Simmons, No changes to date...
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      *****************************************************************
      *
       ENVIRONMENT DIVISION.
       DATA DIVISION.
       WORKING-STORAGE SECTION.
      *****************************************************************
      * Data-structure for Program use...                             *
      *****************************************************************
       01  I-PTR               pic 9(4)    value 0.
       01  O-PTR               pic 9(4)    value 0.
       01  B-COUNT             pic 9(4)    value 0.

      *****************************************************************
      * Message Buffer used by the Z-DISPLAY-MESSAGE-TEXT routine.    *
      *****************************************************************
       01  MESSAGE-BUFFER.
           05  MESSAGE-HEADER      pic X(11)   value '* SIMOPARS '.
           05  MESSAGE-TEXT.
               10  MESSAGE-TEXT-1  pic X(68)   value SPACES.
               10  MESSAGE-TEXT-2  pic X(188)  value SPACES.

      *****************************************************************
       LINKAGE SECTION.
       COPY PASSPARS.

      *****************************************************************
       PROCEDURE DIVISION using PRS-PARAMETERS.
           if  PRS-REQUEST not = '2'
               perform EDIT-LINKAGE-ITEMS
           end-if

           add      8 to   ZERO giving RETURN-CODE
           add      9 to   ZERO giving PRS-STATUS
           move ZERO to PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS
           evaluate PRS-REQUEST
             when '0'   perform PARSE-BUFFER
             when '1'   perform INITIALIZE-TABLE-ELEMENTS
             when '2'   perform INITIALIZE-DEFAULT-VALUES
             when OTHER add 12 to ZERO giving PRS-STATUS
           end-evaluate

           if  PRS-STATUS = 9
               subtract PRS-STATUS from PRS-STATUS
           end-if

           GOBACK.

      *****************************************************************
       EDIT-LINKAGE-ITEMS.
           if  PRS-TABLE-MAX not numeric
               add 128 to ZERO giving PRS-TABLE-MAX
               move 'PRS-TABLE-MAX set to 128' to MESSAGE-TEXT
               perform Z-DISPLAY-MESSAGE-TEXT
           end-if
           if  PRS-TABLE-MAX > 128
               add 128 to ZERO giving PRS-TABLE-MAX
               move 'PRS-TABLE-MAX set to 128' to MESSAGE-TEXT
               perform Z-DISPLAY-MESSAGE-TEXT
           end-if

           if  PRS-BUFFER-SIZE not numeric
               add 2048 to ZERO giving PRS-BUFFER-SIZE
               move 'PRS-BUFFER-SIZE set to 2048' to MESSAGE-TEXT
               perform Z-DISPLAY-MESSAGE-TEXT
           end-if
           if  PRS-BUFFER-SIZE > 2048
               add 2048 to ZERO giving PRS-BUFFER-SIZE
               move 'PRS-BUFFER-SIZE set to 2048' to MESSAGE-TEXT
               perform Z-DISPLAY-MESSAGE-TEXT
           end-if

           exit.

      *****************************************************************
       INITIALIZE-DEFAULT-VALUES.
           move ',' to PRS-DELIMITER
           move 'Y' to PRS-SPACE-TRUNCATION
           move 'Y' to PRS-KEEP-NULL-FIELDS
           add 128 to ZERO giving PRS-TABLE-MAX
           add 2048 to ZERO giving PRS-BUFFER-SIZE
           perform INITIALIZE-TABLE-ELEMENTS
           move '0' to PRS-REQUEST
           move ZERO to PRS-STATUS
           move ZERO to PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS
           move ZERO to PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE
           exit.

      *****************************************************************
       INITIALIZE-TABLE-ELEMENTS.
           move 1 to I-PTR
           move 1 to O-PTR
           perform until O-PTR > PRS-TABLE-MAX
               move 0 to PRS-POSITION(O-PTR)
               move 0 to PRS-SIZE(O-PTR)
               add  1 to O-PTR
           end-perform
           subtract RETURN-CODE from RETURN-CODE
           exit.

      *****************************************************************
       PARSE-BUFFER.
      *!   Initialize Position/Length tables to zero (0).
           perform INITIALIZE-TABLE-ELEMENTS
           move ZERO to PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE
      *!   Parse the Buffer.
           add 1 to ZERO giving O-PTR
           perform until I-PTR > PRS-BUFFER-SIZE
             perform PARSE-BUFFER-10
           end-perform

      *    Wrap-up the parse of this buffer...
           if  PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE > 0
           and PRS-BUFFER(PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE:1) not = PRS-DELIMITER
               add 1 to PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS
           end-if

           if  PRS-POSITION(O-PTR) = 0
               subtract 1 from O-PTR
           end-if

           subtract RETURN-CODE from RETURN-CODE

           exit.
      *---------------------------------------------------------------*
       PARSE-BUFFER-10.
           if  PRS-BUFFER(I-PTR:1) not = SPACE
               add I-PTR to ZERO giving PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE
           end-if

           if  PRS-BUFFER(I-PTR:1) = PRS-DELIMITER
               add 1 to B-COUNT
               if  PRS-KEEP-NULL-FIELDS = 'Y'
               or  B-COUNT = 1
               and PRS-SIZE(O-PTR) > 0
                   if  O-PTR < PRS-TABLE-MAX
                       add 1 to O-PTR
                       add 1 to PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS
                   else
                       move PRS-BUFFER-SIZE to I-PTR
                   end-if
               end-if
           else
               subtract B-COUNT from B-COUNT
               add 1 to PRS-SIZE(O-PTR)
               if  PRS-SIZE(O-PTR) = 1
                   move I-PTR to PRS-POSITION(O-PTR)
               end-if
           end-if

           add 1 to I-PTR
           if  PRS-TERMINATOR = 'Y'
           and I-PTR  not > PRS-BUFFER-SIZE
           and PRS-BUFFER(I-PTR:1) = PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE
               if  PRS-SIZE(O-PTR) > 0
                   add 1 to PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS
               end-if
               add PRS-BUFFER-SIZE to 1 giving I-PTR
           end-if

           exit.

      *****************************************************************
      * Display CONSOLE messages...                                   *
      *****************************************************************
       Z-DISPLAY-MESSAGE-TEXT.
           if  MESSAGE-TEXT-2 = SPACES
               display MESSAGE-BUFFER(1:79)
           else
               display MESSAGE-BUFFER
           end-if
           move all SPACES to MESSAGE-TEXT
           exit.

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The following member (PASSPARS.cpy) is the COBOL copy file that may be used when calling SimoPARS.

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      *     Data Structure or Pass Area used for calling SIMOPARS.    *
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      * PRS-REQUEST          Type of request, must be zero (0) for    *
      *                      parsing. This item is  provided by the   *
      *                      calling program and is not modified      *
      *                      by the parsing routine.                  *
      * PRS-STATUS           This is an indicator as to the success   *
      *                      or failure of the request. A value of    *
      *                      zero (0000) indicates the routine was    *
      *                      successful. A non-zero value indicates   *
      *                      a failure.                               *
      *                                                               *
      * ------------------------------------------------------------- *
      * The following fields are provided by the calling routine.     *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-DELIMITER        This is a one byte character that is     *
      *                      used as a delimiter. This item is        *
      *                      provided by the calling program and      *
      *                      is not modified by the parsing routine.  *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-KEEP-NULL-FIELDS This must be a Yes (Y) or No (N) value   *
      *                      (Y) will indicate a Yes, keep null field *
      *                      (N) will indicate a No and null fields   *
      *                      will be dropped.                         *
      * PRS-TERMINATOR       This must be a Yes (Y) or No (N) value   *
      *                      to indicate a character that will be     *
      *                      used for termination of the parsing.     *
      *                      If (Y) then the next parameter is used   *
      *                      as a termination character. If (N) the   *
      *                      buffer will be parsed according to the   *
      *                      size  of the buffer or maximum number    *
      *                      of table entries. This item is provided  *
      *                      by the calling program and is not        *
      *                      modified by the parsing routine.         *
      * PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE  If the previous parameter is (Y) this    *
      *                      byte will be used to terminate the       *
      *                      parsing when it is encountered in the    *
      *                      data string. This item is provided by    *
      *                      the calling program and is not modified  *
      *                      by the parsing routine.                  *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-BUFFER-SIZE      The size of the data string to be        *
      *                      parsed and must be a value of 1-1024.    *
      *                      This item is provided by the calling     *
      *                      program and is not  modified by the      *
      *                      parsing routine.                         *
      * PRS-BUFFER           This is the data string or field that    *
      *                      will be parsed. This item is provided    *
      *                      by the calling program and is not        *
      *                      modified by the parsing routine.         *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-TABLE-MAX        The maximum number of table entries      *
      *                      available for the POSITION/SIZE values   *
      *                      of the words in the input buffer.        *
      *                      This item is provided by the calling     *
      *                      program and is not modified by the       *
      *                      parsing routine.                         *
      *                                                               *
      * ------------------------------------------------------------- *
      * The following fields are updated by the parsing routine.      *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS  This is the number of keywords found     *
      *                      in the input data string. This item is   *
      *                      provided by the parsing routine.         *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE    This is the position of the last         *
      *                      significant, non-delimiter byte. If the  *
      *                      PRS-TERMINATOR is "Y" this will be the   *
      *                      last significant byte before the         *
      *                      terminator byte.                         *
      *                                                               *
      * PRS-POSITION         This is a table of 64 elements of        *
      *                      4-bytes. The value is either zero (0)    *
      *                      or the position of a keyword within the  *
      *                      input data string. The first position    *
      *                      within the buffer is one (1).            *
      *                      This item is provided by the parsing     *
      *                      routine.                                 *
      * PRS-SIZE             This is a table of 64 elements of        *
      *                      4-bytes. The value is either zero (0)    *
      *                      or the size of a keyword within the      *
      *                      input data string. This item is provided *
      *                      by the parsing routine.                  *
      *                                                               *
      * ------------------------------------------------------------- *
      * NOTE...              The table element number is the number   *
      *                      of the word within the data buffer.      *
      *                      The data buffer is PRS-BUFFER.           *
      *                      For example, PRS-POSITION(1) would point *
      *                      to the position of the first character   *
      *                      of the first word in the data buffer     *
      *                      PRS-SIZE(1) would specify the number of  *
      *                      characters in the first word.            *
      *                                                               *
      *****************************************************************
       01  PRS-PARAMETERS.
           05  PRS-REQUEST          PIC X.
           05  PRS-STATUS           PIC 9(4).
      ***  Provided by the calling program...
           05  PRS-DELIMITER        PIC X.
           05  PRS-KEEP-NULL-FIELDS PIC X.
           05  PRS-TERMINATOR       PIC X.
           05  PRS-TERMINATOR-BYTE  PIC X.
           05  PRS-SPACE-TRUNCATION PIC X.

           05  PRS-BUFFER-SIZE      PIC 9(4).
           05  PRS-BUFFER           PIC X(2048).

           05  PRS-TABLE-MAX        PIC 9(4).

      ***  Updated by the parsing routine...
           05  PRS-NUMBER-OF-ITEMS  PIC 9(4).
           05  PRS-LAST-SIG-BYTE    PIC 9(4).
           05  PRS-POSITION         OCCURS 128 TIMES
                                    PIC 9(4).
           05  PRS-SIZE             OCCURS 128 TIMES
                                    PIC 9(4).
      ***  PASSPARS - End-of-Copy File - - - - - - - - - - - PASSPARS *
      *****************************************************************
      *

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