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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 5, 2023

Handle %split like an array

%split is a great new feature for us, but it can be a bit tricky to handle. In order to access the second element, we need to first put the element in an array. It would be interesting if we could access the element like an array, such as in the following example:

DCL-S lDomain varchar(128) inz(*blank);

lDomain = %split('':'/')(1);

Result : lDomain=> ''

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 19, 2023
    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this Idea at this time, so it is being closed.

    As a workaround, you can use FOR-EACH to achieve the same result.

    For the simple case where you want the first value, you can code like this:

    DCL-S lDomain varchar(128) inz(*blank);

    FOR-EACH lDomain in %split('':'/');
    // Result : lDomain=> ''

    For the more complex case where you want the value N, use a counter:

    DCL-S lDomain varchar(128) inz(*blank);
    DCL-S counter int(10);
    DCL-S n int(10);

    n = 2;
    counter = 0;
    FOR-EACH lDomain in %split('':'/');
    counter += 1;
    if counter = n;
    // Result : lDomain=> 'new-idea'

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