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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on May 13, 2016

heredoc syntax for large literals

When developing SQLRPG programs, I frequently have to deal with large multiline literal strings for defining SQL statements. I have in fact exceeded the size limit of a string literal in the past. It would be nice to have a HEREDOC syntax for assigning literal strings. It would make these assignments easier to read because the alternatives are to use '+' signs and multiple assignments of shorter literals. It would also be nice if the new syntax could allow embedded quotes without requiring escaping as SQL statements frequently contain single quotes, and could include double quotes.

Use Case:

Defining embedded static SQL statements.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Apr 24, 2020

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

    The ILE RPG team has quite a long list of higher priority requirements, so this request is not likely to be implemented anytime soon.

  • Guest
    Mar 30, 2017

    .IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request 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 request.

  • Guest
    May 16, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #88357 in product IBM i.

  • Guest
    May 13, 2016

    For defining embedded "Dynamic" SQL statements (not static). Here is a url to a description of heredoc