For me, I don't know... particularly since a " valid result" of %DEC and %INT could actually be -1.

Value = %DEC( ' -1.00' : 7: 2)
And
Int10 = %INT('-1')

How would you know the difference?

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From: RPG400-L [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brian May
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:40 PM
To: RPG programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: New RFE - Please vote

Jon,

I think these are solid additions. And I would think they won't be difficult to implement.

I agree that erroring out the BIFs for blanks is silly. You have my vote on that one.

The default value makes a lot of sense as well. I would vote for that RFE as well.

Brian

-----Original Message-----
From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Jon Paris
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:49 PM
To: Rpg400 Rpg400-L <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: New RFE - Please vote

I was wrestling the other day with an XML-INTO problem that at root was caused by the fact that the character to numeric conversion BIFs (%Dec/$Float/%Int) treat a blank field as an error when it really should be treated as zero.

So - I've created an RFE to ask IBM to change this behaviour as it affects not just the BIFs but also XML-INTO and DATA-INTO and makes logic far more convoluted than it need to be.

Please vote for it!

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=126632 <http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=126632>

I have also toyed with the idea of asking for an additional parameter to be specified for these BIFs to set a default value to be used if an error is triggered.

e.g. value = %Dec( string: 7: 2: -1); // Default to -1 if string is not valid numeric.

Thoughts anyone?


Jon Paris

www.partner400.com
www.SystemiDeveloper.com

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