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Status Submitted
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 22, 2023

Provide support for null indicators in DATA-GEN in RPG

When generating JSON documents, it is a common requirement to be able to generate data like "field": null. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to do that in DATA-GEN (same problem applies to DATA-INTO in the other direction, but I see there's already an Idea for that.)

This comes up often not only with our commercial products, but also with the open source YAJL project that I work on.


Right now the customer's only option is to generate the JSON document another way, such as SQL or YAJL's subprocedure calls.

All that's needed is to provide a way for the DATA-GEN generator to be able to retrieve the null indicator the value that it's currently processing.

Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Sabine Jordan
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    Jan 17, 2024

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Andres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

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    Maria del Carmen Ruvalcaba Cevallos
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    Jan 16, 2024

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority Idea that should be addressed.

    Based in the usability of DATA-GEN we think this is a valuable idea to be implemented.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual IBM Ideas on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba- CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
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    Dec 22, 2023

    I agree, it's an important need. Given that the "DATA-GEN" operation code already have possibilities of "num_" and "name_" prefixes for other purposes, something similar should be provided for this limitation.