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Languages - RPG

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Declare variables and call procedures directly on the declare

Today if we want to call a procedure that has a return value, we have to declare the variable, data structure etc and then call the procedure like this: dcl-s eligiblefreight packed( 11 : 3 ); eligiblefreight = rlsitm_getEligibleFreight( batch ); ...
about 1 year ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

H spec keywords MAIN & NOMAIN

When creating a program with many modules we specify H NOMAIN for modules other than Main module (and, we don’t have to specify H MAIN for main module). In fact, the reverse could be better - specifying H MAIN (mandatorily) for the main module and...
about 1 year ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Enhance the POS keyword to support a location of *NEXT similar to OVERLAY.

The OVERLAY keyword is required when its "field" parameter is the data structure name. However OVERLAY does not allow *NEXT for the position of that field, a hard-coded value must be specified otherwise it defaults to 1. The POS keyword support ov...
over 1 year ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Not under consideration

Relaxed string manipulation BIF's that respect SBCS, UCS and UTF-8.

Today we have nice features where we can get portions of character strings. However, especially with support of UTF-8, the number of bytes is not always equal to the number of characters. Also - trying to extract ranges of characters not within th...
over 1 year ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Allow TEMPLATE keyword for standalone fields

The template keyword allows data structures to be defined as a custom complex type simply for the purpose of defining other data structures with the same structure. Extending this to standalone variables will allow custom simple types to be define...
over 1 year ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Functionality already exists

RPGLE - Prevent using Data Structure as a field

The attached file contains a subset of code with data structure definitions and code using the data structures. RPGLE will allow you to reference the data structure name and treat it like a character field and compile it successfully. I cannot t...
about 2 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 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

"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

Minimize the use of semicolons in free RPG

The function of semicolon as end-of-statement in free RPG could be optionally replaced by that of start-of-continuation-line. This way the end of a statement would be indicated by the newline character provided that the first non-blank character o...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Dynamic variables/arrays

Allow dynamic size variables/arrays in RPGLE, SQLRPGLE and CLLE. Allow declaration of variables like var1 char, var2 int, etc. Use Case: Having dynamic variables and arrays allows you to not have to worry about array index out of bounds when you t...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration