Yup, that's another way to go about it.  However, then you have to deal with
the object somewhere.  The issue is really how does one RPG program return a
variable data type to another RPG program.  The service program can worry
about the complexities of converting from Java to RPG, the difficulty lies
in getting the data from the service program to the application.  The other
option of course is to create a bunch of getXxx routines: getAlpha,
getSigned, getZoned.  It's really an interesting call with a lot of options.

Joe

> From: Sarah Poger Gladstone
> 
> I had an improvement on my original idea:
> > You could code the "getColumn()" method to always return a Java
> > String. Then in the RPG program, convert the string to a RPG datatype.
> 
> Instead of retruning a String, have the "getColumn()" method return a
> Java object. Then you can use the "instanceOf() method to find out
> what the actual class is at runtime.



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