• Subject: Same field names
  • From: Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 9:46:24 -0500

Not to start a holy war, but here goes...

Our accounting package uses the same field names in all of their files.  For 
example in the 
files EMPNAM, EMPJOB, etc, the employee number field is EMPLY.  Prior to RPG 
ILE, this was 
a minor pain because you had to rename all the fields by hand.  With ILE RPG 
you just use 
the PREFIX keyword and the rename is done quick.  But, here is the cool part.  
Query the 
file QADBIFLD on your system and you can see every file containing this field.  
Since this 
file is 1.4GB on our system I thought I'd might as well use it.

So what do you think of using the same names?  How about requiring database 
field names be 
limited to 7 or 8 characters so the PREFIX keyword is cleaner?
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