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Add Support for COMMENT ON to SQL VIEW, SEQUENCE etc.

Add support to add OBJECT TEXT (COMMENT ON or LABEL ON in SQL terminology) to those SQL-created objects that are currently not supported. by the COMMON ON statement.Such as VIEWS, SEQUENCES, TRIGGERS etc. Use Case: Today, when you create (for exam...
5 months ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Not under consideration

SQL-CLI Support "FOR" System names

When creating SQL tables with the keyword "FOR" system names to support legacy code, then for "FOR" system name is not available in the SQL-CLI api's. The "SQLColAttribute" should support SQL_DESC_SYSTEM_COLUMN Use Case: We are in a situation wher...
about 1 year ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 3 Future consideration

DSPPGMREF with SQL

In SQL Services create a view or UDF, who have the same information as the CL command DSPPGMREF Use Case: get the list of programs that use a file ...
almost 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 7 Future consideration

Add ISO 8601 timestamp format.

ISO 8601 format shows:2019-07-17T15:21:38Z2019-07-17T15:21:38+01:00T = seperator between date and timeZ = Zulu time+01:00 is Zulu + 1 hour Use Case: Trying to do data interchange with other systems.
about 3 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 10 Future consideration

CTE support in MERGE statement

Currently MERGE statements in DB2 for i do not support the use of CTEs inside the using clause. Use Case: Lately, I've come across the need for this funtionality several times when I had to update large amounts of records in our ERP with data gath...
10 months ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Future consideration

Db2 service WRKCFGSTS

Create a Db2 for i service that does the equivalent of the WRKCFGSTS command where I can check if a device, or range devices selected by a wildcard, is varied on or off. Use Case: Rather than use WRKCFGSTS *DEV *TAP to see if all of the tape drive...
over 1 year ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 5 Future consideration

Add file types to CPYTOIMPF

We use CPYTOIMPF to create CSVs for our users. There are times when the .XLSX format is smaller in size. CPYTOIMPF would need to auto sense the target file extension type or require the user to supply the target file type and append the extension ...
5 months ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Add FOR COLUMN or FOR SYSTEM NAME to Function Return Column Definitions

For User-defined SQL Function, today we can define returned column name using up to 128 characters. There currently (as far as I know) is no way to also assign a shorter, more memorable "System Column Name" to the returned parameter. For example:...
about 1 month ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 1 Future consideration

Timestamp change when altering a partitioned tables partitions

The good (smart) thing about partition table is that when you take a back up you can tell BRMS to take a back up only on changed partitions. When altering a tables partitions, the changed timestamp is changed on all partitions, not just only the o...
7 months ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 2 Not under consideration

Select into :dsArray

It would be great to be able to select columns from a table directly into a data structure array instead of going through the process of creating a cursor. Because a lot of times you just want the list of matches and then your done. It makes even ...
over 2 years ago in IBM i / Db2 for i 6 Not under consideration