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Languages - RPG

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Allow 3rd parameter of %subst() to exceed length of string

Currently, if I use something like this: DNKYWD = %subst(NARR: 1: 10); when NARR is defined in the procedure interface like this: NARR Varchar(32740) const options(*varsize); I don't know how long NARR really is unless I check it. This causes an i...
almost 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Not under consideration

RPG Regular Expression BIFS

Provide Built In Functions to facilitate testing string values against regular expressions without needing to compile the expression etc using APIs. This will make it easier for developers to make use of this technology. Use Case: Matches : if (%m...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Enhance DCL-DS to emulate "i-Spec Member Format Identifier" in **free & /free

When using **free (or /free) RPG, there is nowhere to specify the use of i-specs within the particular program. Overall, I agree with this, as i-specs really shouldn't be used. However - there are times, because of the way a logical file has been ...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 5 Not under consideration

Program Dump enhancement

In RPG program dump, it highlights the error description, procedure name, Statement in Error line # ect at the top page. It will be more helpful if the dump can also provide the variable name that had the issue on the top of the dump. This is usef...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Not under 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

Provide full backwards compatibility in free-form calculations

The free-form enhancements are a dramatic advancement for the language, but they are not fully backwards compatible with existing fixed-form RPG programs. If we want customers to modernize their existing code, there must be a seamless way to provi...
over 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 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