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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 19, 2017

Binding Directory Explorer for IBM i Access Client

There is a high need for a more mature version of WRKBNDDIR. This new version, visioned to be part of IBM i Access Client, acts as an explorer of service programs as seen in the binding directory with the ability to allow the user to expand each service program entry so that its procedures are revealed. Each expanded procedure would show the interface information so that the user/pgmr immediately knows the type and length of each parameter, whether it is constant or not and the type and length of the return value. In addition, the RPG compiler is enhanced to allow for annotations to be associated with the procedure, much like that seen with JavaDocs. The annotations would be revealed to the developer when the service program entry is selected to be expanded in the list.


Use Case:

The developer wishes to know if a service program already exists with the desired procedure mitigating the need to create a new service program with the desired procedure. This serves to prevent service program/procedure duplication and assists the developer in locating the correct service program to use in their application.


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 29, 2020

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Application Development
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Languages - CL (Control Language)
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Jul 12, 2018

    RE:Component - Languages - CL (Control Language)

    Actually, since the annotations (think JavaDocs) would need to be in the RPG source code, this affects the RPG compiler.

  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2017

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed.

    The use case is well presented -- this would be very useful.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/i-Can/May-2017/COMMON-Americas-Advisory-Council-%28CAAC%29-and-RFEs/

    Dawn May - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Oct 24, 2017

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Languages - CL (Control Language)
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IBM i Access Family
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None