The PL/1 preprocessor is IMHO the most powerful tool to do such things, but
maybe you don't have it, if you have no PL/1 licensed.
The ASSEMBLER macro processor will not work, because you cannot extract the
result and send it to the COBOL compiler, AFAIK.
The C preprocessor would work, if you have it. I believe that C belongs to z/OS,
so you don't need to license it. But the C preprocessor is very simple and
somewhat restricted. Don't know if it serves your needs.
So maybe you will have to write your own. This can be done using REXX or C or
any other language - even COBOL. I would use C, others maybe REXX.
Am 17.11.2011 21:01, schrieb J.G.:
> If you want to do this in a procedural language use the PL/I
> preprocessor, compared to which the C preprocessor is unseriös.
> Anyone who knows REXX, a PL/I dialect, will find it easy to use; and
> its string-processing facilities are very powerful, almost as powerful
> as those of PL/I proper.
> That said, the HLASM macro language is yet more powerful, as I would
> of course be expected to say.