Hi all,

I think this might be the cleanest way to handle our situation, however,
one question.  How do we set the classpath?  We don't really want to use
the system's environment classpath because it is different than what we
need and it doesn't seem like a good idea to add a bunch of unless
classes & jars just to execute the single class.  We would simply prefer
to say "if you're executing this class, use this classpath".  That way
we keep the system's environment clean for other things.



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[mailto:java400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jessica King
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 6:14 AM
To: 'Java Programming on and around the iSeries / AS400'
Subject: RE: Call a Java program from RPG or CL

Kelly Jones wrote:
We have a situation where we need to call a Java program, have it do 
"it's thing", then pass a return code back to the calling program.  
The main point of the return code is to inform the calling program 
whether everything went OK.  If the Java program bombs, we need to 
inform the caller that something bad happened and stop.
Can someone provide an example how to do this?

When we need to do this, we create a Java Stored Procedure. The
procedure can define the input and output parameters like this:

        IN SomeVariable VARCHAR(25) , 
        OUT ErrorCode Integer ) 
        EXTERNAL NAME 'com.yourcompany.ClassName!methodName' 

Your class goes in the /UserData/OS400/SQLLib/Function/ directory or is
available through the classpath.

Then your CL or RPG (or whatever) can call the stored procedure in a SQL
statement just like it would any other stored procedure.

This works well for us. The Java program can catch exceptions or handle
different types of problems and return an appropriate error code. We
always return 0 if there were no problems.
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