I, and my team, do not use the space beyond 80 for comments.

You might call the new preference something that says "Extend SQL beyond column 80". To me that would be simple enough.


Barry Colson | Sr. Programmer, Shared Services | Community Health Systems

4000 Meridian Blvd | Franklin, TN 37067 | Tel: 615.628.6719 | Fax: 615.465.3026 | http://www.chs.net

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From: WDSCI-L [mailto:wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Taryn Morris
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:10 PM
To: wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [WDSCI-L] Feedback regarding the automatic SQL Formatter

The development team is looking to improve some functionality with the SQL automatic formatter and we are seeking your feedback to give us some guidance. Some of you may have experienced the frustration of pushing embedded SQL code beyond column 80 while the automatic formatting preference is turned on. Once the cursor is moved to another line, the formatter will re-format the SQL statement but leave behind any code pushed beyond column 80, since anything after this is generally considered a comment and should be ignored.

We are proposing a solution to have another preference to turn on with the SQL formatter that will allow SQL that goes beyond column 80 to be considered part of the statement and not a comment. This will prevent the formatter from ignoring any code that may get pushed out during a reformat of the statement.

What we would like to know is how many of you use the space beyond column

80 to write the comments for SQL statements, versus including it directly in the code (ie: using '//' or '/*' to comment). Also, would this solution help those who use automatic SQL formatting? If this solution helps, we would appreciate any recommendations on what the new preference should be named in order to make its intention obvious to the user.


Taryn Morris

Software Developer for Rational Developer for i


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