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Languages - RPG

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Better UTF-8 (1208) unicode support (XML, DDS, ...)

Many functions related to Unicode like XML-Into, DDS support, ... only work with CCSID 1200 and not with CCSID 1208 which is a much common data representation in our environments. Use Case: Many functions related to Unicode like XML-Into, DDS supp...
almost 6 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Not under consideration

Allow Unabbreviated RPG Freeform Data Type Keywords

Please change the SQL precompiler, RPG compiler, and Rational Developer for i to also recognize and allow the unabbreviated forms of the RPG freeform data type keywords. Use Case: For example, ucs2 is fine as it is. But, allow: integer for intindi...
almost 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Prefix or Qualified Keyword for Exports and/or Prototypes

Currently exported identifiers (procs, functions, variables, data-structures) need to be unique across an application framework. This is a massive obstacle in modernization efforts. For proper modernization and modern programming approach it is ab...
almost 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 7 Future consideration

heredoc syntax for large literals

When developing SQLRPG programs, I frequently have to deal with large multiline literal strings for defining SQL statements. I have in fact exceeded the size limit of a string literal in the past. It would be nice to have a HEREDOC syntax for assi...
about 8 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Not under 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

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

Allow to sort a subfile as simple as sorting an Array DS

I have written numerous programs to sort subfiles, but if RPG implemetns it it would save code, standarize the code, and make the use of RPG more of a pleasure. Use Case: SORTSFL (mysfl:mycolumn1(*ASC);mycolumn2(*DESC))
about 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 8 Not under consideration

Possibility for %lookup to search more than one field of a structure.

In data structures, lookup using %lookup is fantastic. But it would be interesting to add the possibility of searching on two or more fields: structure(1).field1 = 'A'; structure(1).field2 = 123; structure(1).field..... structure(2).field1 = 'B'; ...
4 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Future consideration

Use 'IN' operator on %split to compare like in %list

When working with a list represented in a string, with %split, the 'IN' operator cannot be used as it can with the function %list. However, it is necessary to have this functionality in order to check if certain elements are present in a string li...
9 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Future consideration

Support both spellings for OPTION and OPTIONS in RPG IV

The H spec or CTL-OPT keyword and RPG Subprocedure Parameter Definitions use different spellings for OPTION/OPTIONS. Please relax the spelling requirements for the OPTION keyword so that both OPTION and OPTIONS are supported in both contexts, and ...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration