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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 2, 2022

Allow data structures to be extended or decorated

RPG currently allows us to define a data structure with the same layout another with the LIKEDS keyword.

It would be useful to be able to use a similar keyword to define the basic structure, but also to extend the data structure and add additional subfields to the end.

This would allow developers to have a base type that defines an archetype - e.g. a person that is then extended by other specialisations which have additional properties specific to them - e.g. employee, manager, customer..

In the examples below I have used 'extends' as the keyword.

dcl-ds person_t qualified template;
firstName char(30);
surname char(30);
dob date;
address likeDs(address_t)

// The employee_t data structure is a specialisation of the person_t structure, adding some extra fields.
dcl-ds employee_t extends(person_t) template;
employeeNumber int(10);
departmentCode char(2);

// The employee_t data structure can itself be extended:
dcl-ds manager_t extends(employee_t) template;
authorisationLimit packed(15:2);

// The customer_t data structure is another specialisation of person_t, adding some other extra fields
dcl-ds customer_t extends(person_t) template;
customerNumber int(10);
emailAddress char(128);
registrationDate date;
Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 9, 2022
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