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See the value of a named constant in the debugger.
A developer needs the ability to interrogate the value of a named constant. For more information, see CAAC requirement AD0183 at https://www.ibmilug.ihost.com/commonag/treqs.nsf/9c76f872792db457862573af004e1b49/15e2bf03abc04e6486257611000cc6cd?Ope...
Allow direct coding of nested data structures in free-form declarations
The new free-form data declarations in RPG IV lend themselves to direct coding of true nested data structures. Allowing these to be coded directly would avoid having to code a lot of unnecessary templates that exist for no other reason than to nes...
Add an enumeration type to RPG so that named constants can be qualified
Allow the use of the CONST keyword to define a datastructure as a constant Use Case: There is currently no mechanism for a complex type to be declared as a constant, immutable value. Providing this would also allow a qualified datastructure to be ...
Implement new %POS BIF to facilitate soft coding of DS overlays
Currently if you want to redefine a portion of a Data Structure (usually as an array) you have limited choices. One approach is to manually key the names of all required fields into a DS and then overlay those fields with an array. This is tedious...
%int() and %dec()does not allow blank character string
If I use a character string that only contain spaces or a variable character string with length=0 then %int() and %dec() returns with an escape message RNX0105 - "A character representation of a numeric value is in error.". I have studied the manu...
While %left(str: int) can be done with a %subst(str: 1: int), %right(str: int) is not so straight forward. %right(str: int) must be written as %subst(str: %len(%trimr(str)) - (int - 1)) This is far less readable. Please add convenience BIF's %left...
Change RPG compiler to require prototypes for exported procedures
With 7.1 the compiler was changed to not require prototypes for procedures of a RPG module. While that change is great for local procedures, it is really bad for exported procedures, because the compiler does not necessarily validate the prototype...
Using constants in ON-EXCP would make the code more readable, and allow to share message ids in includes. Example: dcl-c ERR_CUSTOMER_NOT_FOUND 'ERR3452'; monitor; // do something.. on-excp ERR_CUSTOMER_NOT_FOUND; // handler endmon;
RPG datastructure array sort by more than one subfield
For RPG please provide extended sort capability for datastructure arrays. This means sorting of an array over more then one subfield.E.g.: sorta name_of_array(*) (subfieldx: subfieldY: …) using the names of the subfiledsOr sorta name_of_array(*) (...
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