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Published: 10 May 2012
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Variable Expression Published by: Tim Brinker on 10 May 2012 view comments(5)

Is it possible to have a variable expression in RPG?

 

For example I can do the following:

 

          Result = %Dec(5+2*2: 10: 3);

 

I want to do the following:

 

          Equation = '5+2*2';
          Result = %Dec(%Trim(Equation): 10: 3);       

 

This fails with the following error "A character representation of a numeric value is in error (C G D F)."  The string is being converted to a numeric value instead of being solved.

 

Any ideas on how to accomplish this?

 

Thanks,

Tim

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Posted by: DaleB
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Comment on: Variable Expression
Posted: 4 years 11 months 20 days 23 hours 52 minutes ago

So the %DEC is secondary. What you really want is a subprocedure that evaluates a string containing an infix expression, and returns a numeric result:

Equation = '5+2*2';
Result = %DEC(evalExpression(Equation): 10: 3);

Anyone have an example of this? There's probably a way to do it with embedded SQL, along the lines of SELECT 5+2*2 FROM SYSIBM.SYSDUMMY, but you'd have to do it dynamically, since you don't know the string ahead of time.

Posted by: bobcozzi
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Chicagoland
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Posted: 4 years 11 months 20 days 23 hours 52 minutes ago

Yes and no.

You'd need to use embedded SQL and use (probably) the SET followed by execute immediate... have to think about that.

Posted by: tbrinkereaglewindowcom
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Posted: 4 years 11 months 20 days 23 hours 8 minutes ago

Thanks for the quick response.

 

I believe SQL will work for what I am trying to do.

Posted by: TFisher
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Posted: 4 years 11 months 20 days 16 hours 14 minutes ago

Isn't there a C function that will allow this? 

Posted by: bobcozzi
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Chicagoland
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Posted: 4 years 11 months 20 days 12 hours 2 minutes ago

No. There is however a Java!--script-- instruction that will do this.