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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on May 18, 2023

bring timestamp timezone awareness

Please add timezone awareness to TIMESTAMP primitive value.

Additionally, add the possibility to return current UTC time to BIF %TIMESTAMP

ts1 = %TIMESTAMP() // system current timestamp

ts2 = %TIMESTAMP(*UTC) // current utc timestamp

seconds = %DIFF(ts1 : ts2 : *SECONDS) //provide correct result being timezone aware

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Aug 18, 2023
    Thank you for providing additional information.

    IBM will use this Idea as input to planning, but no commitment is made or implied. This Idea will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this Idea.

    If this Idea is implemented, support will be added for %TIMESTAMP(*UTC). Support may also be added for a specific timezone.

    However, support will not be added by this Idea for a timestamp variable to encapsulate about its timezone.

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  • Guest
    Jul 5, 2023

    what additional timezone support?

    Would be nice to let %TIMESTAMP() return a timestamp based on a requested timezone.

    i.e. %TIMESTAMP(*UTC) return a timestamp in UTC time (useful to communicate usually with external systems, webservices etc.).

    or a string referencing a zone like

    %TIMEZONE('QP0800AWST') return a timestamp using QP0800AWST offset (from WRKTIMZON) - or exception if zone is not existent.

    Additionally, would be nice to have native support for timezone offset aware arithmetics, like in other systems.

    i.e. the possibility to get - say - the correct difference in seconds between two timestamps in different timezones (this awareness can be enabled for example with a CTL-OPT in case...) without "manual" additional coding.

    To obtain this, I think that the timezone native variable should encapsulated also its offset relative to base UTC, maybe with compiler support.

  • Guest
    Jun 15, 2023
    IBM needs more information to further assess your Idea.

    %TIMESTAMP already returns the timestamp according to the QTIMZON system value.

    Aside from support for *UTC, what additional timezone support are you requesting?

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