Looks as if they are responding with a floating point value no matter what you send. Seems truly dumb to me but what do I know.

From the sample, they are sending you regular decimal values sometimes. I think you really need to get them to define for you which values will be sent back as floats and which as decimals. It is always possible they have a setting that controls this - but as an absolute minimum they must know which elements are floats.

Assuming they won't/can't do away with the floats then you can apparently deal with it by defining the fields as floats in the DS and then move it to your target field. I had forgotten that Data-Into could handle floats. So this works:

ctl-opt dftactgrp(*no);
dcl-s jsondata varchar(1000)
inz('{"tax": {-
"amount_to_collect": 55.0,-
"breakdown": {-
"county_taxable_amount": 1.0e3,-
} ] } } }');

// Tax Response From API Call
Dcl-ds TaxResponse Qualified;

Dcl-ds tax;

amount_to_collect Packed(7 : 2);

Dcl-ds breakdown;

county_taxable_amount Float(4);

Dcl-s tempTax packed(7 : 2);

Data-Into TaxResponse %data( jsondata : 'countprefix=cnt_ ')

tempTax = TaxResponse.Tax.breakdown.county_taxable_amount;

Dsply %Char(tempTax);

*inlr = *on;

As I say this will work but you MUST know which fields to define as float and only the supplier can tell you that - unless you have a swagger document for the service which should tell you

Jon P.

On Sep 18, 2023, at 10:47 AM, (WalzCraft) Jerry Forss <JForss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Tried it. No change. Ug!!

All "support" is in India and only during the day there. All responses I get from them are around 3am here.

"from_country": "US",
"from_zip": "54603",
"from_state": "WI",
"from_city": "La Crosse",
"from_street": "2600 Hemstock St",
"to_country": "US",
"to_zip": "53532-9139",
"to_state": "WI",
"to_city": "DEFOREST",
"to_street": "6669 CHURCH HILL CT",
"amount": 1000.00,
"shipping": 0,
"line_items": [
"id": "1",
"quantity": 1,
"unit_price": 1000.00,
"discount": 0

{"tax":{"amount_to_collect":55.0,"breakdown":{"city_tax_collectable":0.0,"city_tax_rate":0.0,"city_taxable_amount":0.0,"combined_tax_rate":0.055,"county_tax_collectable":5.0,"county_tax_rate":0.005,"county_taxable_amount":1.0e3,"line_items":[{"city_amount":0.0,"city_tax_rate":0.0,"city_taxable_amount":0.0,"combined_tax_rate":0.055,"county_amount":5.0,"county_tax_rate":0.005,"county_taxable_amount":1.0e3,"id":"1","special_district_amount":0.0,"special_district_taxable_amount":0.0,"special_tax_rate":0.0,"state_amount":50.0,"state_sales_tax_rate":0.05,"state_taxable_amount":1.0e3,"tax_collectable":55.0,"taxable_amount":1.0e3}],"shipping":{"city_amount":0.0,"city_tax_rate":0.0,"city_taxable_amount":0.0,"combined_tax_rate":0.055,"county_amount":0.0,"county_tax_rate":0.005,"county_taxable_amount":0.0,"special_district_amount":0.0,"special_tax_rate":0.0,"special_taxable_amount":0.0,"state_amount":0.0,"state_sales_tax_rate":0.05,"state_taxable_amount":0.0,"tax_collectable":0.0,"taxable_amount":0.0},"special_district_tax_collectable":0.0,"special_district_taxable_amount":0.0,"special_tax_rate":0.0,"state_tax_collectable":50.0,"state_tax_rate":0.05,"state_taxable_amount":1.0e3,"tax_collectable":55.0,"taxable_amount":1.0e3},"freight_taxable":true,"has_nexus":true,"jurisdictions":{"city":"DE FOREST","country":"US","county":"DANE COUNTY","state":"WI"},"order_total_amount":1.0e3,"rate":0.055,"shipping":0.0,"tax_source":"destination","taxable_amount":1.0e3}}

-----Original Message-----
From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Jon Paris
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2023 9:13 AM
To: RPG programming on IBM i <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: External DATA-INTO not matching variable

Why on earth would they convert it to an exponent form? Makes no sense.

If you included a decimal e.g. 1000.00 would they still do that?

Jon P

On Sep 18, 2023, at 9:53 AM, (WalzCraft) Jerry Forss <JForss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Fortunately, the element in question is a repeat of what I am sending them. Rather inconsequential.
So I just changed it to send 1001 instead of 1000.

This is using the TaxJar web service so I can verify our taxes on an order.
All I am interested in is the Tax Rates that are returned for the ship to address.

-----Original Message-----
From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Jon
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2023 8:44 AM
To: RPG programming on IBM i <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: External DATA-INTO not matching variable

Data-Into uses %Dec rules to convert the character string to numeric. Those rules state:

If the parameter is a character expression • See Rules for converting
character values to numeric values using built-in functions for the rules for character expressions for %DEC.
• Floating point data, for example '1.2E6', is not allowed.
• If invalid numeric data is found, an exception occurs with status code 105.

In other words the exact symptoms you are experiencing.

The only simple thing I can think of - assuming the folks who send you the JSON won't change it - is to change any fields that may exhibit this issue to character and then manually convert them using $Dec or whatever. That would allow you to use Monitor blocks to trap conversion errors and process them appropriately.

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