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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 13, 2022

Modern ILE C++ Compiler (at least C++11) and future support

We need a modern ILE C++ compiler (at least C++11). Furthermore this compiler should be frequently updated within a IBM i release. In order to be able to provide our software long term for the IBM i platform, we would also need support for newer versions of the C++ standard. The current ILE C++ 7.4 compiler does only support a subset of the C++11 standard.


Use Case:

We are in the process to modernize our application and are changing from ILE Cobol to ILE C++. In order to program modern C++ and to be able to use current versions of 3rd party libraries (e.g. boost) we need an adequate C++ compiler.


Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Jun 28, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. Although this may not apply directly to many Small/Medium IBM i clients, we recognize that it is essential for those who program in C++ on IBM i.


    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 Ideas on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your Idea.


    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac


    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Admin
    Sabine Jordan
    May 24, 2022

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Anrdres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Feb 23, 2022

    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 - Application Development
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Languages - Other
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)

  • Guest
    Feb 23, 2022

    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 - Languages - Other
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - C/C++ Compilers
    Component - Miscellaneous
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)

  • Guest
    Feb 22, 2022

    This RFE will be transferred to the IBM i team.

  • Guest
    Jan 19, 2022

    I second this RFE. Lack of support for modern C++ standards is a major problem for software vendors who port their software to multiple platforms. The original author mentions the Boost libraries. I would like to add another popular and important C++ library where the current release cannot be built on IBM i: International Components for Unicode - ICU.

  • Guest
    Jan 13, 2022

    I couldn't agree more!
    But this is largely a duplicate of my RFE
    https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=148741