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Languages - RPG

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Enhancements to RPG should be reflected in a target release number that we can compile to.

You are publishing more and more enhancements to the RPG language which I find good. But this also gives us problems because the runtime environments are not backwards compatible. When new releases are published we normally install it on our test ...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Not under consideration

Add %FKEY Built-in Function to RPG IV

In RPG IV when working with Screens, we see programmers using *INKx response indicators, *INxx regular indicators, and the WSDS Pos(369) to determine which Fn key was pressed.RPG needs a built-in function, %FKEY() that allows users to test which k...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 14 Not under consideration

Coding free format line should be possible from column 8 to end of line

If you can use fully free format (**free) then the free-form statements can appear between column 1 and the end of the line. Otherwise, the source is column-limited, and a free-form statement is coded in columns 8-80. I would like this limitation ...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Not under consideration

Add Object Exists Built-in Function to RPG IV

The ability to determine if a File, Data Area, User Space, Data Queue, etc. exist in simplified way becomes more and more important each day. RPG does not have the capability. We need a %EXISTS([<object-library>/]<object-name>[([file-m...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Not under consideration

Change of name for ILE/RPG

Time to give ILE/RPG a new name that is better suited to its current form.Call it "RPG for i", matching "Db2 for i". Use Case: By giving the RPG product a new name will help us define the difference between modern free format RPG & the older f...
almost 4 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 8 Not under 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

Free form KLIST to allow same field in multiple KLIST

Allow Free Form version of KLIST with the same field in multiple key lists. For example displaying customer invoices I want to have a key list for Customer and Invoice # and another for Customer and Order Date and use the same field for customer i...
about 4 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 10 Not under consideration

add the ability to specify scope of static variable in RPGLE sub-procedure

Request to allow developer to specify the scope of static variable in RPGLE sub-procedure. Currently, static variable has an Activation Group scope. I would like to request adding a parameter to the static keyword that will allow developer to spec...
about 4 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Assign a timestamp to a date/time field without %date() / %time()

When assigning a timestamp to a date field or a time field it shouldn't be necessary to use %DATE() or %TIME() to do this. Use Case: D dateIso1 s D D dateIso2 s D D timeStamp s Z inz(*SYS) C eval dateIso1 = %date( timeStamp ) C eval dateIso2 = tim...
over 4 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

%CHAR(numeric) Should Also Support Non-Constant Precision and Scale Parms

Currently, %DEC and %DECH don't support non-constant precision and scale parms. If that is to remain as is, then it would be *very* helpful if at least %CHAR(numeric) would not only support precision and scale parms, but would also support them as...
over 4 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Not under consideration