Conditional Continue-statement

Created on Nov. 29, 2023, 1:52 p.m. - by Hans, Van Battel

In batch-processing of big datasets every speed-up is important, so Is there any difference in the execution-speed between:

     IF a = b
          MOVE b to a


     IF a <> b
          MOVE b to a

Comments (1)

Jon, Butler
Feb. 12, 2024, 6:26 p.m.

While they appear inocuous, the first form (a=b) will have to generate several NOP (no operation) instructions and then a MOVE.

Some people are very much against using a "not ="...which is the COBOL expression, not the SQL "<>", but in any case the compiler generates extra instructions for the first form that are not required for the second.  Stick with the NOT EQUAL.

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