Using Structures

COBOL programs and OO COBOL methods can use structures in their Linkage Sections and be passed data from a Java class, providing that the corresponding Java parameter is an object which implements the com.microfocus.cobol.lang.Datatype interface or com.microfocus.cobol.lang.CustomRecord, as described below:

package com.microfocus.cobol.lang;
public interface DataType
{
   void synchronizeData();
   byte[] getBytes();
}

and

package com.microfocus.cobol.lang;
public interface CustomRecord
{
   public Object[] getParameters();
   public void setParameters(Object[] parms);
}

Using com.microfocus.cobol.lang.Datatype/com.microfocus.cobol.lang.CustomRecord enables you to pass non-simple data into a COBOL program or method without needing to rearchitect the interface with numerous elementary data types.

An example of a class that implements the com.microfocus.cobol.lang.Datatype interface is com.microfocus.cobol.lang.Pointer, which is defined in mfcobol.jar. It has the following constructors:

/* Create a Pointer object from String initString*/
public Pointer(String initString); 

/* Create a Pointer object from StringBuffer initString */
public Pointer(StringBuffer initString); 

/* Create a pointer object containing 'capacity' bytes, */
/* space filling if initString has fewer characters     */
/* than 'capacity'                                      */
public Pointer(String initString, int capacity);