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On 9/16/2010 5:38 PM, M. Lazarus wrote:

I was hoping that it wouldn't work that way, but thinking about the way
RPG handles initializations, that behavior makes sense. I wonder if an
additional keyword value would be in order, e.g. INZ(*CURRENT) or


That wouldn't really fit with the notion of "initialization".

But aside from that, the problem is when to update the timestamp. Every time the subfield or data structure is used? What if it's passed as a parameter - assuming the callee is another RPG procedure, should it know that the timestamp field has to be updated before it's used?

Just thinking aloud now ... one way to do this would be to have a special value in the actual timestamp field like "*CURRENT". Then, whenever the timestamp was evaluated it would use the current timestemp. Date, time, and timestamp fields would have to be tagged with something like ALWCURRENT(*YES), so that an assignment could copy over the "*CURRENT" rather than just assigning the then-current timestamp.

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