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Languages - RPG

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Provide capability to restrict use of Global Variables in Subprocedures

Provide a capability to restrict access to global variables from local subprocedures. This could be done by adding a keyword to the dcl-proc specification that lists the global variables permitted for a given subprocedure. For example: dcl-proc My...
over 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 18 Future consideration

RPG - Conditional (Ternary) Operator (?:) in EVAL operation

I'd like to be able to use conditional assignment (?:) in EVAL and EVALR operation in RPG. C, C#, java and many other languages have a conditional (aka ternary) operator. This allows developers to make very terse choices between two values based o...
over 6 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 17 Future consideration

Extend RPG compiler messages to support modern RPG naming

The current design for the compiler messages does not support the enhancements to modernize the RPG language. When messages are returned to a client via the *EVENTF option, the replacement values for the messages are limited to legacy system names...
almost 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Future consideration

Make %dec() 2nd & 3rd parm optional

The %dec() function should be able to detect the length and decimal positions of the target variable when converting from a character field. Use Case: Currently, when using the %dec() function to convert from a character field, you're forced to sp...
over 6 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Future consideration

Add Case Conversion to RPG Subprocedure Parameters

Add support to automatically convert Subprocedure Parameters to Upper or Lower case using OPTION(*UPPER) or OPTION(*LOWER) keywords on the parameter definition. Obviously, this would be for CHAR, VARCHAR parameters that are also CONST or VALUE. It...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 10 Future consideration

Dynamic Strings in RPG

Have the ability to declare a character very similar to how we declare a string in Java without having to give it a length. Use Case: In Java to declare a string its just String mytext; In RPG I would like to declare a char as dcl-s myText char; M...
about 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 12 Future consideration

Expand %XFOOT functionality to include subfields in DS array

I have the following DS / Arrays dcl-ds Order_Info_t qualified template; Order like(s1_order); Order_Pack_Qty like(s1_packqty); Order_Case_Qty like(s1_packqty); Order_Weight like(s1_weight);end-ds; dcl-ds Order_Summary qualified inz; Orders like(s...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Future consideration

RPG - New BIF for comparing data structures

Based on this discussion: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/forums/html/topic?id=81260576-dab9-4955-b19b-a2c4b4130cd3&ps=25 Would like a BIF to compare corresponding fields in data structures. This would be a field-by-field comparis...
almost 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Future consideration

Enable mixed case DB2 table column names to be used in RPG Data structures defined with ExtName + Alias keyword

Our DB2 tables are defined with both Alternative Name and System Name specified for many columns. We want be able to define the column names in a mixed case that then can be used in our RPG programs by data structures that refer to external names ...
over 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 9 Future consideration

Allow ability to control JobLog write with On-Error

Add an operational extender to the on-error opcode that would allow for control over a joblog write. When the programmer has stated that a specific error condition is trapped/controlled, we should be able to optionally suppress the job log message...
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Future consideration