• Subject: RE: RPG - conversion vs re-write
  • From: John Carr <74711.77@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 22:26:30 -0400

RE:     RE: RPG - conversion vs re-write
>> You said:
>>> If a field is flagged as "NULL" what value would my RPG program actually
>>> see in it?
>>> If alpha?  If binary? If numeric?  if Date?

>Bob said.
>>Well, I once had a dog and his name was BINGO!
>>The value of the date field, even when the null indicator is *ON, is what 
>>ever value was in there before. If you don't code for the null indicator in 
>>your program, it runs just like always.
>>Bob Cozzi

>Bob & John
>I think for alpha you get blanks, numeric you get 0. At least, I think I
>read that in ILE RPG manual.
>Don't know binary, though.
>Vernon Hamberg

To the other person who said "I'd like to see the value be *LOVAL or 
something"  I don't think that the same value in all data types would
accomplish it.  Lets say the value for Null was X'00'  how would that 
look in a Binary field?  I don't think it would "Special" I think it 
would be seen as just a normal Zero value, Right?   
I mean in a Zoned Decimal or a Alpha field it would stand out like a 
sore thumb on a DSPPFM  etc.  But the binary wouldn't look abnormal.
I think it's an attribute of a field myself. 
Maybe I'm wrong on this though.
John Carr
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