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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. For example: PARM KWD(ORDDATE) TYPE(*DATE 8) Where TYPE(*DATE 8) indicates that an 8-digit date is passed to the CPP.
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)
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