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My ideas: Languages - RPG

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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

Clean string of control/unprintable characters < x'40'

Please either create a new BIF, or, supply a new, special value for the first parm of %scanrpl, that will replace all "unprintable", or control, characters in a string with a specified string. An unprintable, or control, character is any character...
2 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 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

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

New BIF to test Parameter Length

Please introduce a new BIF (%parmlen) to get the length of a parmeter defined using OPTIONS(*VARSIZE) Use Case: To get the length of a parameter passed by reference *VARSIZE i have to code to use CEEDOD (prototype, parameters and the call itself)....
about 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Future consideration

Defaults for Dcl-pi;

Parameters for programs and procedures are declared with Dcl-pi. Today it requires to to give the name or *N. But for programs and procedures that does not return a value - it would be appreciated if that was not required and could default to *N a...
almost 2 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Future consideration

Create a varying length field with the length from a fixed length field

It often happens that I have a field from a database og a screen that is fixed length and have to create a field that is varying length but having the same size as the fixed length. unfortunately it is not possible to do this:dcl-s fixedField char...
10 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 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

Improve message RNX0351 with meaning of code

If an error happens during the XML-SAX command message RNX0351 is sent. And every time it annoys me that it only gives me a code -- ie "The XML parser detected error code 6.". What does code 6 mean? I then have to google it because I can't find it...
4 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Future consideration

Hide the underlying procedures when OVERLOADed

I'd like a way to effectively "hide" the underlying procedures from callers when they are part of an OVERLOAD prototype. Use Case: When several procedures are declared, then OVERLOADed to a single name, the individual procedures are still exposed ...
almost 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Future consideration