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System tables to use date / time fields instead of character fields in job format
Current IBM supplied output files, such as QADSPOBJ, that are use as templates for associated system commands store dates in 2 character fields and times in single character fields.
Given the power of Db2 for i and the availability of date / time column types can these template files be updated to use relevant column types now?
Any task the generates output using an IBM command needs to know what the job format is so that the records can be correctly sorted into date / time sequence where required.
Whilst this can be achieved with some SQL manipulation, for example, this is a time consuming exercise for each requirement. Providing this information in *ISO format date / time columns would be preferable.
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