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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 25, 2023

Replicate on RPGLE the cobol 88 Level

The 88 level number is not used to declare a variable, but it is used to provide a descriptive name for a condition, used to improve the readability of COBOL programs.

In RPG can be coded e.g. as

dcl-s flag char(1);

dcl-s flag_on referer(flag) value 'Y';

dcl-s flag_off referer(flag) value 'N';

[if flag_on] means [if flag = 'Y']

[flag=flag_on;] // set flag to 'Y'

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Oct 19, 2023
    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.

    In the future, RPG may support defining a variable LIKE an enumeration, as described in Idea IBMI-I-2902 (, in the comment about a "typed enum" from Oct 14, 2020.

    If that additional aspect of enumerations is implemented, then this Idea could also be implemented, with the following possible support:

    dcl-enum good_bad varchar(20);
    good 'good';
    bad 'bad';
    dcl-something like(good_bad);

    something = good;

    After the assignment of "good" to "something" ...
    if not something.bad;
    would mean the same as this:
    if something <> bad;

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  • Guest
    Sep 26, 2023

    Maybe combine this with an enum-like construct?

    dcl-enum something varchar(20) qualified;
    good index(1) value('good');
    bad index(2) value('bad');

    something = good;

    if not something.bad;
    // ....

    That would work for both.

  • Guest
    Aug 18, 2023
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  • Guest
    Jul 26, 2023

    Today to accomplish this you have to either:

    1. Define FLAG-ON and FLAG-OFF as constants, then use IF FLAG = FLAG-ON/OFF instead of IF FLAG-ON/OFF; or

    2. Define FLAG-ON and FLAG-OFF as indicators (booleans) and set them with FLAG-ON/OFF = (FLAG = 'Y'/'N'), then use IF FLAG-ON/OFF; although the indicator won't get reset if the value of FLAG changes like the 88 level does in COBOL.