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There is a need to support the DEC keyword when defining decimal variables in RPG IV. It would match both SQL and all other HLL on the system. I understand perhaps the implementation of FIXNBR(*INPUTPACKED) contributed to the decision to use Packed() to define Decimal variables, but RPG also has supported the %DEC built-in function to dynamically cast numeric, date, and character to Decimal for a long time.
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