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Db2 for i

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First-class support for modernizing a data model

Database modernization on the IBM i is more complex & expensive than it could be. The Lab Services approach [1] of creating a logical file over redesigned tables, (to act as a surrogate for the old design) is a clever hack that reduces the cos...
over 6 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Nested calculated columns in SQL

Today you are not allowed to use nested result columns in calculations and expressions. The work around is to rewrite the statement to use common table expression. This, however, removes the focus from what need to be done - just to satisfy the na...
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 3 Not under consideration

Provide proper SQL auditing user/timestamps

Currently there's a mix of SESSION and CLIENT_USERID fields that can be used with Generated Always but the first returns the native account, while the second returns the client account but is blank when executed from SQL on IBM i itself. Please pr...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Require QIBM_DB_SECADM or similar to perform set session authorization

Today any user with *ALLOBJ is able to do the equivalent to sudo in Linux without the need of any password to become another user using set session authorization via SQL. Any user with *ALLOBJ can become Qsecofr by open strsql and run: “Set sessio...
over 1 year ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Not under consideration


The only way to make the leading zero visible is to have the field interpret as if it contains only text. In OS400, if a field is alphanumeric, the number it may contain cannot be used for mathematical operations. For example, in Excel, to ensure ...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Not under consideration

"UPSERT" - update or insert

It would be appreciated if a UPSERT SQL statement could be introduced, that do an UPDATE but if the row does not exist will be changed to an insert. Look at upsert patterns and antipatterns:
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Not under consideration

Information about different drivers to connect to iseries

We'd like to get a (really complete) documentation of all possibilities to connect a windows pc to the iSeries.There exists a lot of drivers and software solutions. What we are missing is to see the difference between them.E.g. i Series Access ODB...
about 7 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 6 Not under consideration

SQL Inserts Using When FieldProcedure Attached

When using SQL on a table with 1 or more field procedure programs attached to 1 or more columns, a select to produce output will demonstrate DETERMINISTIC behavior in that output values will be cached and the field procedure program will only fire...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 3 Not under consideration

Add Journal Entry Type for TRUNCATE TABLE

Add Journal Code "D" Entry Type "TT" or equivalent ("F-CR") on the SQL TRUNCATE TABLE event. Use Case: Current state, TRUNCATE TABLE creates a journal entry of F-CH and D-CG which states that the file has changed, these are the same entries writte...
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Eliminate the Propagation of READS SQL DATA in Caller Functions in SQL

When creating User Defined Table functions in SQL, the CONTAINS SQL, READS SQL DATA and MODIFIES SQL DATA statements are currently propagated up the food chain. This means if a simple function calls another function, that called function's attribu...
over 2 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration