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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 24, 2023

add an option *bool for int parameters

Please add an option to automatically convert ind values to int for prototyped C functions that expect a bool. This would allow for easier usage of C functions from RPG, just as the *string option for pointers does.

An option to automatically convert bool return values back to ind would also be appreciated.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Apr 12, 2023
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  • Guest
    Mar 24, 2023

    OPTIONS(*BOOL) would only work for parameters.

    Another possibility is a new BOOL data type, defaulting to 4-byte integer. BOOL, BOOL(1), BOOL(2), BOOL(4), BOOL(8). And new *TRUE and *FALSE values, which would work with both BOOL and IND. *ON and *OFF would work with with BOOL too.

    A BOOL definition would be compatible with both indicators and integers.

    Adding a BOOL data type would be more complex for the compiler than a new parameter option and some new return-value mechanism, but it might be better for the language.

    Newcomers to RPG would be more comfortable with BOOL, *TRUE, *FALSE, than with IND, *ON, *OFF.

    BUT it might also be more confusing for newcomers, since there would be two true/false data types: bool and indicator.

    We welcome discussion about these questions in the comments.

    - Barbara Morris, IBM