Tutorial :Is there a better way to use SEARCH in two-dimensional arrays of COBOL?


The Cobol's SEARCH keyword can be used to search one dimensional arrays indexed.

But I think this SEARCH is having some disadvantages when used for searching 2-d arrays. We can search using PERFORM loop also but is there a better way of utilizing SEARCH for 2-d arrays. Which one do you propose?


What disadvantages does it have? If your arrays are sorted you can use SEARCH ALL instead (it is using the binary search instead of a serial one). Either way, using the search statement is probably more consise than writing several nested perform loops.

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