Disclaimer: I'm taking a class.

I'm trying to find an error in this COBOL code; this file is related to the items at

Do you have any hints?
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Can you be any more specific, what is or isn't happening that you are trying to track down?  Or are you getting a syntax error of some sort?  What have you determined so far?

Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Or are you trying to answer the assignment question of:

For example the first row of output program CBL1008 is for Anchorage
Alaska and the four quarters reported are:
48,710,830-    950,870,160-    427,544,050+    175,897,950-

The above totals to 747,934,890-

However, CBL2008 reported total for Anchorage Alaska is 47,934,890-

Correct CBL2008 program to accurately total the four quarters for
each city/county.
If that is the problem to be solved, I do see why that would be happening.  But honestly, I don't think EE is the place to get direct answers to class assignments, so I;m not going to just post that, it wouldn't be fair to you.

I would suggest you walk through the logic on 2008 and look for any potential problems in the way it derives the totals.

JCW2Author Commented:
Okay, I'm looking at the picture clauses. I'm not familiar with that structure, so can you explain things such that I understand how they affect the program, and the clauses themselves?
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
What class are you taking where they haven't taught you about picture clauses, but are debugging COBOL programs?  And don't you have a text or reference on the language.

JCW2Author Commented:
I'm in a mainframing course. I have a reference, but do you have anything at all to say about picture clauses? I'm a little confused.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
So, do you understand what the following means at all?  (trying to figure out how to help you without giving away the answer...)

PIC S9(8) COMP-3

JCW2Author Commented:
Signed number with 8 digits
JCW2Author Commented:
(packed decimal)
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
So, if you manually add up the quarter totals that you are trying to compute a year total from, what number do you come up with and how does it compare to that picture clause on the totaling variable?


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JCW2Author Commented:
Thank you for your help.
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