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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 14, 2021

Provide a GET SQL OBJECT TYPE for IBM i Objects API

We need a way to pass in an IBM i object and return a value that indicates (A) The SQL Object Type and (B) whether or not is is an SQL Object.

Effectively this would allow us to check if the object is an SQL object and obtain its SQL Object Type. For example, if a user provides a Data Area Name, we'd like to know by passing that name into this API that it is an SQL SEQUENCE or just a regular data area. In the latest builds of OBJECT_STATISTICS this information is available, however a one-object API is what's called for, for better HLL usage and less overhead.

Use Case:

A user (programmer, end-user etc.) passes in the name of an object, the application calls this API to determine if (A) The Object Exists, and (B) What the SQL Object Type is for the object.
Here's an example in RPG IV of calling it:

dcl-ds rtnInfo Qualified Inz;
object_found char(1);
isSQLObject char(1);
rtnLib char(10);
rtnObjType char(10);
sqlType char(32);
long_object_name char(128);
long_schema_Name char(128);

dcl-ds Object Qualified;
name char(10);
library char(10);
dcl-s OBJTYPE char(10); = 'ORDERS';
object.library = 'QGPL';
objType = '*DTAARA';

call QSQRSOT( rtnInfo : object : objtype);

if (rtnInfo.object_found = '1'); // Object Located!
if (rtnInfo.isSQLObject = '1'); // It is an SQL Object!
if (rtnInfo.SQLType = 'SEQUENCE');
values next value...

As you can see from the returned data structure, the SQL name and schema along with the Object Type would be returned, in addition to the Exists flag, and the Is_SQL_Object flag and SQLType.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    IBM agrees that returning the SQL object attributes is useful information to return on an API interface.
    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.

  • Guest
    Oct 19, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Db2 for i
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None


Support SQL Type ("SQL Object Type") as an Object Attribute

With the pervasiveness of SQL on IBM i and the fact that most public-visible new release features are simply SQL enhancements, the SQL Type of an object is becoming more and more important to application development. As of this point in time, *DTA...
about 3 years ago in IBM i / Core OS 3 Future consideration