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RANT MODE ON
Strange that we don't see this comment in the opposite direction... instead of writing all those SQL functions one could answer that there are other ways to accomplish this as you could write all of them in plain RPG with some API's.
However if the question is to provide a REAL programming interface one gets the answer that we should look at SQL ???
The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. There are other ways to accomplish this, so this one is not needed immediately. SQL services can be called from C and C++.
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
Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager
IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.
RANT MODE ON (to IBM !)
Unfortunately IBM is too busy exposing existing functionality as SQL functions (however this is the same in the other direction).
I hope IBM will refocus itself and invest efforts/time into providing NEW features instead of repacking them.
API's should be the primary source for functionality as from there on a developer can write all the rest himself.