Thanks for the great article Bruce!

One question - hundreds of custom RUNSQL type commands have been custom-built at hundreds of iseries shops over the years.

These commands are used in production.

How can shops ensure old CL runs will continue to call their home-grown RUNSQL command (instead of the new IBM RUNSQL command?)

This will surely cause havoc in many shop, as parm names will not match and abends will occur in production jobs, some without source (for packages, etc).

Many Iseries articles have been published over the years for a home-grown CL SQL command, and most have used "RUNSQL" as the command name.

Shouldn't IBM pick another name, so as not to cause hardship with so many users?

I know other vendors were smart enough to name their SQL commands something different than "RUNSQL", probably to avoid just this scenario.

If IBM introduced this command in the last century like other vendors, I can understand them grabbing the obvious command name.

But decades late to the party, shouldn't they be cognizant of identical command names in the iseries user community and name it something else?


Tell me why this is not a concern, please, and I will go "oops". But I have introduced this command in shops code and don't want stuff to be croaking because parm names don't match up.

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