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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 23, 2021

Provide an ALIAS-like feature for Library Names (SCHEMAs) in SQL statements.

Provide a way to assign an alternate (i.e. "short") name to schemas/libraries when used within an SQL statement. This is different from the Long SQL Name and the Short System Name. What I want to do is something like: select * from table(ST.myfunction(...))...
Where "ST" is referencing the Library/Schema SQLTOOLS or SYSTOOLS or MYLIBRARY or whatever library name I choose.

Use Case:

When writing lengthy SQL statements (such as WITH...) the schema name can be too noisy/cluttering up the statement. I'd like to create a short alias for the schema used for function qualifiers.

Something like:

SET Schema Alias SQLTOOLS = ST;

Then where ever I use ST. in the SQL script or UDF, it references the SQLTOOLS schema.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 4, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

    While we agree that this is an interesting idea, it is not something we intend to pursue. The database team has many requests for new functional capabilities that are higher priority. The cost of adding a proprietary construct like this that is strictly intended as a programming shortcut is too high to consider at this time.

  • Guest
    Sep 24, 2021

    The syntax "SET Schema SQLTOOLS Alias ST;" would be more in line with the current set schema statement.