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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 23, 2021

Enhance PARM ELEM and QUAL statements to support 8-digit DATE value

When creating IBM and User-written CL commands, the PARM ELEM and QUAL statements are used to define parameters. Today the TYPE parameter of those statements supports *DATE. However it always passes the value into the command processing program (CPP) as 7-position value.
We need a new *DATE2 or similar option to allow the definition of a "date" input value that is passed to the CPP as an 8-position value with its 4-digit year. Perhaps it can be similar to the VARY parameter that accepts the resulting length as a 2nd element.
Where TYPE(*DATE 8) indicates that an 8-digit date is passed to the CPP.

Use Case:

I have a user-created CL command with TYPE(*DATE) parameter(s) and the CPP is C or C++ that uses SQL.
Neigther of these languages support *CYMD format so an IBM i API has to be called to convert it to another usable format.
Please support a new TYPE(*DATE 8) option that passes the date value entered by the end-user to the CPP as YYYYMMDD format. (character-based)

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    IBM agrees with the request and a solution appears to be desirable and feasible. IBM intends to provide a solution. However, IBM's plans may change and no commitment is made that a solution will be provided.

  • Guest
    Nov 23, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. You should not have to explain 7-digit dates to anyone anymore, especially to those who are new to the language, and too young to have experienced the old constraints of memory usage.

    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

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Sep 24, 2021

    Can I vote 160 times for this one?