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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on May 5, 2022

Support DEC keyword to declare Decimal variables

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.
Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    May 26, 2022

    The "internal format matters" to the IBM enginers but not to the RPG developer when it comes to declarations. I would say maybe 3 people still think of Dec in the way you describe and of those 3, 3 have retired years ago.

    There is no reazon that DEC, ZONED, and that other legacy one, cannot coexist. The response to this RFE seems more stuborn than reasoned to me.

  • Admin
    Sabine Jordan
    May 24, 2022

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed. Having a solution to meet this need seems like a good idea. However, we have voted medium as we would like IBM to focus on other prioriries at this time.

    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 Andres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    May 20, 2022
    BM does not intend to provide a solution to this request, so it is being closed.

    The %DEC built-in function does indeed return a "decimal" value, because the internal format does not matter for an operand of an expression. But for definitions, RPG supports three types of decimal variables: Packed, Zoned, BinDec, and the internal format does matter.

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