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Languages - RPG

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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

Native CLOB and BLOB in RPG

CLOB and BLOB fields as dynamic size dependent on actual datasize. It would be appreciated that RPG could support these datatypes native in RPG and used exactly like varchar with out any explicit size Use Case: CLOB and BLOB is implemented as a st...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 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
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Not under consideration

%DECH enhancement for length and decimal places

The idea is to enhance %DECH() BIF: a) allow the the use %len() and %decpos() for parameters 2 and 3 Example: dcl-s n1 zoned(10:2) inz; n1 = %dech( 12345 / 1000 : %len(n1) : %decpos(n1) ); b) make parameters 2 and 3 optional and retrieve the lengt...
7 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Future consideration

Enhance %char %BIF to add %EDITC functionality %CHAR(mynumber:*NOZEROSUPPRES|*ZEROSUPPRESS)

If we have a numeric field and want to put it in a CHAR field it will show the leading zeros: Assuming myNumber is 7,0 numeric and myAlpha is 7 alpha >> myAlpha = %char(myNumber); myAlpha = '123____' to keep the leading zeros we have to use ...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Allow ability to control JobLog write with On-Error

Add an operational extender to the on-error opcode that would allow for control over a joblog write. When the programmer has stated that a specific error condition is trapped/controlled, we should be able to optionally suppress the job log message...
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Future consideration

Expand %XFOOT functionality to include subfields in DS array

I have the following DS / Arrays dcl-ds Order_Info_t qualified template; Order like(s1_order); Order_Pack_Qty like(s1_packqty); Order_Case_Qty like(s1_packqty); Order_Weight like(s1_weight);end-ds; dcl-ds Order_Summary qualified inz; Orders like(s...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Future consideration

RPG Language Feature - Variable Triggers - Computed Properties

Languages like Apple's Swift, Java, Python, C# have this fantastic feature called "Computed Properties". Think of them as "variable triggers". If new phrasing can be added to RPG's Dcl-S when defining a work variable, that would specify logic to b...
4 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under 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...
7 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 6 Not under consideration

Allow SQL name when declaring a data structure

Allow a data structure declaration to use a SQL name Use Case: dcl-ds thirdPT extName('THIRDPARTYTABLESQLNAME') alias qualified;end-Ds;
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Future consideration