Hi Rob
I understand what you are saying. Just consider that the function/procedure is a little black box. Don't be that concerned about the internal workings, just that it gives you what you want, in this example, for a particular order number, the order type.

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Subject: RE: Creating an SQL UDF on a procedure

Another thing to consider is are you sure you want to code execution of the subprocedure to be dependent on the internals of the subprocedure (or function)? Let me explain, let's pretend your subprocedure is written in RPGLE. And you are doing your I/O with chain's instead of sql. So your goal is to avoid the overhead of opening/closing the file on each execution of the function. Admirable. However, if the subprocedure is fundamentally changed do you want to have to change all the programs that call that function? Again, for example, you rewrite it by using sql instead of chains. Or you rewrite it by consuming a webservice that
provides the result or ... Now, all previous executions were jumping
through hoops to ensure that files were closed upon completion by calling it with a special parm or whatever. How do you handle that?


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From: Alan Shore <ashore@xxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Date: 03/15/2012 11:39 AM
Subject: RE: Creating an SQL UDF on a procedure
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



Thanks for your reply Paul.
What you are telling me, is that I need not be concerned about the SQL
function not specifically closing the files, because the system will close
them for me?

Alan Shore
Programmer/Analyst, Direct Response
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P:(631) 200-5019
C:(631) 880-8640
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-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [
mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Morgan, Paul
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:36 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: Creating an SQL UDF on a procedure

Alan,

Will holding a lock (file and maybe record) cause a problem? Is the
program buffering any file data that could be held until file close? The
file does get closed at job end.

Paul Morgan

Principal Programmer Analyst
IT Supply Chain/Replenishment

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [
mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Shore
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:53 AM
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Creating an SQL UDF on a procedure

Hi everyone
We have a procedure that leaves the files open until the procedure is
called one final time with an extra parameter to close the files For
example, within an RPG program

Ordertype = getOrderType(Ordernumber);
And then at the end of the RPG program

Ordertype = getOrderType(Ordernumber: Closefiles);

We now need to create a function on this procedure. I don't have a problem
creating the function. My concern is that the "final" call - namely
Ordertype = getOrderType(Ordernumber: Closefiles); - will NOT be done (or
is there a way to do it).
My questions to the panel are - is this a cause for concern?
Will this be a problem at some time?



Alan Shore
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