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Languages - RPG

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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

Replicate on RPGLE the cobol 88 Level

The 88 level number is not used to declare a variable, but it is used to provide a descriptive name for a condition, used to improve the readability of COBOL programs. In RPG can be coded e.g. as dcl-s flag char(1); dcl-s flag_on referer(flag) val...
9 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Future consideration

Named constant *SRCCCSID for current source CCSID

Moving files from QRPGLESRC to IFS and around in international environment can cause some challenges for CCSID. However procedures can be written to be aware of this issue and be language (ccsid) neutral by passing the ccsid of the source file con...
5 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Needs more information

Allow Standalone Field Declarations to Reference Subfields of Nested DS Arrays

Declaring a standalone field with a reference field (keyword: LIKE) should work if the referenced field is a subfield of a data structure array in a nested data structure. Use Case: dcl-ds DS_A qualified template; dcl-ds DS_Arr_B dim(10); field1 v...
almost 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Not under 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

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

%SCANRPL to replace only *FIRST or *LAST occurence

%SCANRPL is a nice and usefull function but sometimes we need to limit the replacement to the first or the last occurence. Use Case: When we use long varying strings with placeholders some of them are repeated and we cannot use %SCANRPL.
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Not under consideration

Handle %split like an array

%split is a great new feature for us, but it can be a bit tricky to handle. In order to access the second element, we need to first put the element in an array. It would be interesting if we could access the element like an array, such as in the f...
8 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Expand 16773104 limit (RNF0376) within data structures

With nested data structures, especially those involving multi-dimensional arrays, it is very easy to exceed the 16773104 limit. Would be nice if this limit could be expanded. For backwards compatibility, if required, could perhaps use a compiler k...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Future consideration