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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 9, 2023

Prevent unknown RPGLE language features from breaking validation/outline view

Working for a financial company, users are extremely limited in their ability to download and install updated versions of developer tools. It can be years between updates to Rational Developer, as getting a new version requires a lengthy verification, packaging, and deployment process.

That means we usually do not have support in RDi for the more recent language features.

That in itself isn't too bad as the RPGLE code will still compile and run just fine. The issue is that often using an unknown language feature (e.g. a Built-in Function unknown to the RPGLE inline code validator) will cause RDi to stop parsing the source from that point on. This can not only break inline code validation from that point on, marking every source line from then on read as invalid, but can also cause Outline view to be completely blank.

It would be nice if RDi could recover more gracefully from "seemingly-invalid" RPGLE code so even though the unknown language feature may show a validation failure, the rest of the source does not.

This would help encourage devs to try new language features where otherwise they may not - and in my experience devs simply sticking with what they know instead of exploring new features is a big problem among many IBMi shops, so anything that can be done to help with that is good

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Aug 21, 2023
    This Idea was delivered in RDi

    IBM Power Systems Development - RDi team