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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 26, 2024

Show true data type of parameters declared with *EXACT

When showing content assist, or in the Outline view, when displaying the prototype of a procedure, show the actual declared data type for the parameters declared with options(*EXACT).  This keyword requires that we pass a variable declared EXACTLY LIKE the parameter, so we need to know HOW that  parameter was actually declared to be able to declare a suitable variable to pass.

For example, given the following declarations (forgive me the silly names), I cannot pass any old varchar( 128 ) to the procedure, it MUST be declared like( someString_t ) or RNF0203 is signaled during compile. I cannot find anywhere in RDi where the actual declared data type is displayed -- even in the Outline view it will say varchar( 128 ) instead of like( someString_t ).

dcl-s  someString_t varchar( 128 );
dcl-pr GetThatString extproc( *dclcase );
  string_id int( 10 ) const;
  string like( someString_t ) options( *exact );

It would save a lot of time not having to open the include to look up the prototype to see what actual data type I should be passing.  

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Apr 2, 2024
    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

    IBM Power Systems Development - RDi team
  • Guest
    Mar 29, 2024


    If you have the time and want to be really slick and blow our minds, only SUGGEST variables that are declared with the same type (not compatible variations, but exactly the same type) and are appropriate for the parameter being prompted at the time.