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Languages - RPG

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Enable compilation of full free-form RPG to 6.1 from 7.1/7.2

ILE RPG compilers on 7.1 and 7.2 should support compiling full free-form RPG when a target release of 6.1/V6R1M0 is specified. Use Case: Many companies are running IBM i systems that predate 7.1. 6.1 still has a relatively large install base. Allo...
almost 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Not under consideration

Enhance DCL-DS to emulate "i-Spec Member Format Identifier" in **free & /free

When using **free (or /free) RPG, there is nowhere to specify the use of i-specs within the particular program. Overall, I agree with this, as i-specs really shouldn't be used. However - there are times, because of the way a logical file has been ...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Not under consideration

Reade Record Locking

Enhance the reade operation to prevent unwanted record locks on records not associated with your application. Currently when performing a setll on a record that does not exists in the database, it will setll on the next record in sequence. If you ...
about 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

DETERMINISTIC for RPG Sub_Procs Needed

RPG Sub-Procedures: Add DETERMINISTIC feature to sub-procedures, just like DB2 SQL/PL for i has. This can greatly turbo-charge processing. make it work like the DETERMINISTIC keyword for stored procedures and UDF's. Use Case: Turbo charge processi...
about 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

"RPG" Needs to be renamed to something new

The modern RPG language was changed so much that it has almost nothing common with its old columnar RPG2. Programmers are labeled as old-fashioned when they mention RPG. Besides that, there is a game named RPG, and a weapon named RPG, it confuses ...
over 6 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Recursive program call static variables

With use of THREAD(*CONCURRENT) for "MRT" programs (recursive call'able) we are missing a new type of 'static' variables:Program level: 1) Static GLOBAL variables (Shared for ALL recursive call instances) – ok (default)2) GLOBAL variables (Unique ...
over 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Allow object in subfield to resolve RNF3826

When working with Java, particularly with HSSF java spreadsheets, its become necessary to work with more than one spreadsheet at a time. This would be much easier if all of a workbook's objects could be grouped into one datastructure, similar to h...
almost 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Future consideration

Allow multiple definitions in a Dcl-s statement

A very usefull future I found in other languages is multiple variable definition in one line of code: Dcl-s a b c int(10); is clearly faster and shorter than: Dcl-s a int(10);Dcl-s b int(10);Dcl-s c int(10); Use Case: nd
almost 4 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Substring Operations for Numeric Columns/Fields

Have a built-in function (eg %SUBSTN) for substring operations on numeric columns/fields. The current %subst built-in function only operates on alpha fields. This would be very helpful to eliminate extra coding steps to convert a numeric number in...
about 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Not under consideration

"RPG" Needs to be renamed to something new

The modern RPG language was changed so much that it has almost nothing common with its old columnar RPG2. Programmers are labeled as old-fashioned when they mention RPG. Besides that, there is a game named RPG, and a weapon named RPG, it confuses ...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration