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Languages - RPG

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Add parameters ALWLIBUPD / ALWUPD on CRTSQLRPGI and CRTBNDRPG

Make attributes / parameters ALWUPD and ALWLIBUPD available on 1 step compile (CRTSQLRPGI, CRTBNDRPG). On 2 step compile, they ara available on the CRTPGM command. Use Case: When creating program (using service program) and deploying it to other s...
over 6 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 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...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 Not under consideration

Extend OVERLOAD to Main-Procedure(s)

It could be useful to have the opportunity to use the OVERLOAD Keyword for Main-Procedures too. Use Case: CTL-OPT MAIN(Main); DCL-PR Main OVERLOAD(mainWithNum :mainWithChar); DCL-PR mainWithNum; Integer INT(10) CONST;END-PR; DCL-PR mainWithChar; C...
over 2 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Standardize INFDS and Program Status Data Structure with reserved words and constants

Currently all information in Program Status Data Structure and File Information Data structure is accessd by position in the data structure. The naming is done in the program. Individual programmers use various naming conventions or no convention....
almost 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

BUG 2040 is approaching and it's DUE!

Starting from YEAR 2040 6 digit dates will crash the program or give invalid results! If IBM wants the users to stop using 6digit dates, then it should be a compiler option, to make sure that such code that will crash or give invalid results after...
about 7 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 8 Not under consideration

Declare variables and call procedures directly on the declare

Today if we want to call a procedure that has a return value, we have to declare the variable, data structure etc and then call the procedure like this: dcl-s eligiblefreight packed( 11 : 3 ); eligiblefreight = rlsitm_getEligibleFreight( batch ); ...
11 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

H spec keywords MAIN & NOMAIN

When creating a program with many modules we specify H NOMAIN for modules other than Main module (and, we don’t have to specify H MAIN for main module). In fact, the reverse could be better - specifying H MAIN (mandatorily) for the main module and...
11 months ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 1 Not under consideration

Cast string value to specified CCSID

How do you convert a character field with embedded UCS2 characters into a UCS2 field? It would be nice to be able to substring out a bit and just say that this piece is already UCS2, don't convert it. The only thing we can do right now is say "con...
about 6 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 2 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...
about 5 years ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 3 Not under consideration

Enhance the POS keyword to support a location of *NEXT similar to OVERLAY.

The OVERLAY keyword is required when its "field" parameter is the data structure name. However OVERLAY does not allow *NEXT for the position of that field, a hard-coded value must be specified otherwise it defaults to 1. The POS keyword support ov...
about 1 year ago in IBM i / Languages - RPG 4 Not under consideration