I appreciate the variety of solutions offered--thanks to all who took the
time to respond. My wish for a linked list was partially tongue-in-cheek
but it does have its uses (in many text editors, I believe). I'm a bit
surprised and disappointed that IBM never released an API to provide
greater control over subfiles but I'm not waiting for the announcement.

The variable-length array using LIKEREC appears to be the best solution. I
don't need any sorting capability--as I read through the subfile and load
the array, I can post the "insertions" and then reload the subfile directly
from the array. Since I'll be using this in a high-volume,
moderately-complex data entry application, every CPU cycle counts and I
avoid gold-plating.

Happy 2015!

On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM, Booth Martin <booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


This is an example of a sorting (ascending/descending) subfile. I've used
this with subfiles up to several hundred rows and performance is sub-second.

On 12/30/2014 10:45 AM, Alan Campin wrote:

If you are looking to dynamically sort data from a subfile, you can go to
www.think400.dk/downloads.htm and look for a utility called XVSRTQ.

This API allows you to build keys and sort data dynamically. It uses QSORT
to do the actual sorting. Basically a wrapper around an array that gets
sorted. The good thing about the utility is that it knows how to store
correctly for sorting. Everything is handled by the API. Plus its free.
That best price of all.

Booth Martin<br>
Skype: booth.martin<br><br>

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it holds the universe together ...
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