Execute Remote Stored Procedures from the iSeries

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In multi-application, mixed-platform environments, it's often necessary to have a job run on platform A to collect data for a job to be run on platform B. Since these diverse platforms often do not know how to "speak" to each other, one common solution has been to put the jobs on separate job schedulers, hope they run correctly, and merge the data later. However, for remote servers with SQL database engines, you can easily kick off a stored procedure (i.e., program) from the iSeries using Java.

As an example, we'll have the iSeries execute a simple stored procedure on an SQL Server machine and return the results to an RPG program. This method is so transparent that you won't be able to tell whether the stored procedures were executed on your local iSeries or on a database server on the other side of the world!

To use this technique, the iSeries requires a minimum of OS/400 V4R5, the Developer Kit for Java 5722-JV1, and Toolbox for Java 5722-JC1. To use the SQL Server demonstration, you'll need SQL Server 2000 (or the Microsoft Desktop Engine 2000) and the SQL Server 2000 JDBC driver (Service Pack 2). The sample RPG program uses embedded SQL and therefore requires the SQL Development Kit to be installed. Alternatively, if you're on at least a V5R2 system, the RPG program can be rewritten as a DB2 SQL stored procedure, thereby potentially eliminating the need for the SQL Development Kit.

The hypothetical example shown in Figure 1 consists of a financial app running on the iSeries that needs information from an SQL Server hosted order entry app before it can finish.

Figure 1: JDBC can bridge the communication gap between database servers. In this example, the iSeries executes and retrieves the results from a stored procedure running on a remote database server. (Click image to enlarge.)

A Quick Review

In "Query Remote Database Tables from the iSeries Using SQL and Java," I demonstrated how a user-defined table function (requires V5R2) can be written to allow the iSeries to execute a query on SQL Server (or any database that has a JDBC driver) and treat the result set as though it were a local table.

You may need to review the following topics covered in that article:

  • How to install the SQL Server JDBC driver jar files so that DB2 SQL can use them
  • Where to place Java classes so that DB2 SQL can use them


The SQL Server Stored Procedure

Figure 2 shows the spDailySales T-SQL stored procedure that I created in the "pubs" sample database that comes with SQL Server. (T-SQL is the name of SQL Server's SQL dialect.) The pubs database tracks orders from a chain of bookstores. This stored procedure returns information via output parameters about a given day's sales, including the top-selling book. The procedure has one input parameter and seven output parameters.

Create Procedure spDailySales
(@SaleDate  DateTime,
 @Qty       Integer Output,
 @No_Orders Integer Output,
 @No_Books  Integer Output,
 @Sales     Money   Output,
 @TopID     VarChar(6)  Output,
 @TopTitle  VarChar(80) Output,
 @TopSales  Money   Output)

-- For the sample data, 09/14/1994 is the
-- date with the most data.

-- Get daily sales info
Select @Qty=Sum(Qty), 
       @No_Orders=Count(Distinct Ord_Num),
       @No_Books=Count(Distinct title_id)
  From Sales
 Where Ord_Date=@SaleDate

-- Get daily sales amount
  Select @Sales=Sum(Sales.Qty * titles.price)
    From Sales
    Join titles On titles.title_id=sales.title_id
   Where Ord_Date=@SaleDate

-- Get top seller info
  Select @TopID=Title_ID,
    From (
  Select Top 1 
         sales.title_id As Title_ID, 
         titles.title As Title,
         Sum(Sales.Qty * titles.price) As Sales
    From Sales
    Join titles On titles.title_id=sales.title_id
   Where Ord_Date=@SaleDate
Group By sales.title_id, titles.title
Order By Sales Desc) As Sales


Figure 2: Stored procedure spDailySales summarizes order data for a given day.

The Java Link

To allow the iSeries to communicate with SQL Server, we'll use Java's database capabilities. is a standalone Java program that establishes a connection with SQL Server and executes the spDailySales stored procedure. The CallableStatement class from the java.sql package is used when running a stored procedure that returns parameters.

Once we have a Java program written, how will we run it? Options include using Qshell, the Java Native Interface (JNI), etc. But one of the easiest is to make the program executable as an external stored procedure. This method allows us to use SQL's CALL statement to run the Java code and allows non-Java programmers to easily call the remote procedure. We'll need to modify slightly to do this.

Creating an iSeries Stored Procedure Wrapper: Two Paths to Travel

There are two options for creating a stored procedure wrapper around a Java class. The first method is to extend a special IBM-supplied class called StoredProc. The second is to create a Java class according to the SQLJ standard specification. (SQLJ is a group of companies consisting of IBM, Oracle, and others that meet for the purpose of defining standards for how SQL interacts with Java.)

We'll create two stored procedures and two Java programs on the iSeries to demonstrate both options:

  1. Procedure spDailySalesDB2, which conforms to the DB2General parameter style and uses Java class DailySalesDB2.class to connect to SQL Server
  2. Procedure spDailySalesSQLJ, which conforms to the SQLJ standard and uses Java class DailySalesSQLJ.class to connect to SQL Server

Don't be intimidated by the two options; the external stored procedure definitions and Java programs are almost identical.

Option 1: DB2 Stored Procedure Wrapper contains the revamped code designed to be called as a stored procedure from the iSeries.

Here is the statement required to register the class for use with SQL as an external stored procedure:

Create Procedure xxxxx/spDailySalesDB2
(SaleDate  IN  Date,
 Qty       OUT Integer,
 No_Orders OUT Integer,
 No_Books  OUT Integer,
 Sales     OUT Dec(19,4),
 TopID     OUT VarChar(6),
 TopTitle  OUT VarChar(80),
 TopSales  OUT Dec(19,4))
Language Java
Parameter Style DB2General
External Name 'DailySalesDB2.dailySales'
Returns Null on Null Input
Not Deterministic

Language Java specifies that the stored procedure is written in Java. The Parameter Style of DB2General indicates that the Java class being invoked will extend IBM's StoredProc class. The External Name keyword identifies method dailySales of class DailySalesDB2 as the method to run when DB2 runs the stored procedure.

Notice that the DB2 procedure signature (parameter list) is virtually identical to the signature in the SQL Server stored procedure. Since method dailySales will be run when the iSeries stored procedure is called, it must have a parameter list that is compatible with the stored procedure's signature. If you need help mapping data types between SQL and Java, see the section entitled "Parameter passing conventions for Java stored procedures and UDFs" in the IBM Developer Kit for Java.

Returning output parameters to DB2 is more than just populating parameter variables with values. StoredProc provides method set(), which must be called if parameter data is to be returned.

Passing NULLs with Primitive Types

Since Java's primitive types such as int and double cannot contain NULL values, the set method can be used as a mechanism for controlling whether the output parameters passed back to DB2 are NULL (similar to how a NULL indicator variable works in embedded SQL). In, the set method is conditionally invoked for "primitive" columns if the SQL Server stored procedure did not return a NULL.

if (!stmtDailySales.wasNull()) {
set(2, parmQty);

Set() takes two arguments: parameter number and value. The parameter number refers to the position of the parameter in the parameter list and is only useful for returning output parameters. If you do not call set for a given output parameter, the parameter will contain a NULL. You do not need to condition set when using non-primitives such as String variables, because they can contain NULLs. (Though not demonstrated, the companion isNull method inherited from StoredProc can be used to query if an input parameter for a primitive type is NULL.)

Once the parameters are set and the dailySales method is ended, control is returned to the database manager.

A Slight Detour: Dealing with String Parameter Data

One thing should be mentioned about passing string data between SQL and Java. CHAR and VARCHAR parameters are tagged with a default coded character set ID (CCSID) of 65535. This simply means that the string data is not necessarily associated with any particular character set. However, since Java stores its string data in Unicode, it needs to know what specific CCSID SQL is using so that the data can be translated correctly between an iSeries character set and Unicode. When the JNI encounters a parameter that has a CCSID of 65535, it will look to the job's CCSID to find out how the data should be translated to or from Unicode. If the string parameter's CCSID is 65535 and the job's CCSID is 65535, then the stored procedure call will fail because the string data cannot be translated. The lesson here is that if your jobs have a default CCSID of 65535, you'll have to override this setting to get Java and SQL to work together. You can easily do this with the Change Job command's CCSID parameter: CHGJOB CCSID(37).

As an alternative to changing the job's CCSID, the CCSID keyword may be specified on string data as follows:

TopID     OUT VarChar(6)  CCSID 37,
TopTitle  OUT VarChar(80) CCSID 37,

Specifying a CHAR or VARCHAR parameter with the optional CCSID parameter allows the correct translation between the iSeries character set and Unicode. However, while this technique worked with simple examples I tested with character parameters, I was not able to get it to work with the spDailySales stored procedures, probably because these procedures use the date data type. (The SQL date data type is problematic because, in my mind, it is a specialized character variable, but the CREATE PROCEDURE statement doesn't allow a CCSID to be specified on a date parameter.) I'm guessing that the job's CCSID is used to learn how to translate date data between Java and SQL.

For your troubleshooting pleasure, on a V5R3 system, I received message SQL4304 with a reason code 4 when my job's CCSID was set to 65535. This useless error mentioned nothing of the CCSID issue, and I only bring it up in case you encounter it.

Option 2: SQLJ Stored Procedure Wrapper shows an alternative way to create a stored procedure wrapper for a Java program. In this example, there is no special class to be extended. Under the SQLJ specification, the method to be called must be a non-instance method (i.e., public void static). Additionally, the specification states that output parameters are to be defined as single element arrays. Finally, there is no mechanism for passing NULLs to primitive types such as int. If you need to test or return a NULL primitive parameter, then you have to implement an alternative solution, such as using extra parameters to serve as "null indicators."

Here is the CREATE PROCEDURE statement required to register the SQLJ-compatible Java program.

Create Procedure xxxxx/spDailySalesSQLJ 
(SaleDate  IN  Date,
 Qty       OUT Integer, 
 No_Orders OUT Integer,
 No_Books  OUT Integer, 
 Sales     OUT Dec(19,4), 
 TopID     OUT VarChar(6), 
 TopTitle  OUT VarChar(80), 
 TopSales  OUT Dec(19,4))
Language Java 
Parameter Style Java 
External Name 'DailySalesSQLJ.dailySales'
Returns Null on Null Input 
Not Deterministic 

The Parameter Style of Java is the only main difference from the prior CREATE PROCEDURE example. It indicates that the SQLJ standard was followed when writing the stored procedure code.

Note for V5R2 users: You may receive an SQL4304 error when running a Java stored procedure with the Java parameter style. This is apparently due to a setup bug in V5R2 and can be corrected with the following command:

ADDLNK OBJ('/qibm/ProdData/OS400/Java400/ext/') 


Which Option to Use When Creating a Java Stored Procedure?

Other than the NULL primitive issue and a few SQL-to-Java data mapping issues, there isn't much difference between the SQLJ and DB2 approaches to writing stored procedures using Java. The DB2 standard exists for things that are missing or inadequate in the SQLJ standard, such as allowing nullable parameters with primitive data types or user-defined table functions. However, for maximum portability to non-DB2 databases, the SQLJ standard should be used when writing SQL routines.

A Reminder on Creating Java Programs for Use with SQL

Don't forget to register the SQL Server JDBC driver's jar files (see "SQLJ procedures that manipulate JAR files" in the IBM Developer Kit for Java).

Don't forget that the .class files for all SQL routines (user-defined functions, user-defined table functions, and stored procedures) written in Java need to be placed in the special folder /qibm/userdata/os400/sqllib/function. See the program header for sample compilation instructions. During testing, once you re-compile the Java program, you may need to sign off and sign back on for the new program to take effect.

Once your code is working correctly, issue the CRTJVAPGM command to optimize the class file for running on the iSeries.

Running the SQL Server Stored Procedure from the iSeries

Now we have our Java program written to call the SQL Server stored procedure, and the iSeries stored procedure is defined to call the Java program, so the only step remaining is to call the stored procedure in a program. Because the stored procedure returns output parameters, we'll use embedded SQL to retrieve the results of the output parameters into host variables in an RPG program. (Of course, this can be done in any high-level language or even in SQL.)

Program DailySales.sqlrpgle.txt is used to execute the remote stored procedure. As shown here, a simple compiler directive allows you to choose which version of the stored procedure is called:

 /If Defined(#DB2)
C/Exec SQL
C+ -- Call DB2General Stored Procedure (DB2 Specific extends
C+ -- StoredProc class)
C+ Call spDailySalesDB2  (:SaleDate,
C+                        :Qty:NI,
C+                        :No_Orders:NI,
C+                        :No_Books:NI,
C+                        :Sales:NI,
C+                        :TopID:NI,
C+                        :TopTitle:NI,
C+                        :TopSales:NI)
C/Exec SQL
C+ -- Call SQLJ Stored Procedure (Generic class
C+ -- conforms to SQLJ standard)
C+ Call spDailySalesSQLJ (:SaleDate,
C+                        :Qty:NI,
C+                        :No_Orders:NI,
C+                        :No_Books:NI,
C+                        :Sales:NI,
C+                        :TopID:NI,
C+                        :TopTitle:NI,
C+                        :TopSales:NI)

Of course, in the real world, you probably wouldn't use the same null indicator variable for more than one host variable as I've done!

When the RPG program runs the stored procedure, the following occurs:

  1. DB2 calls the Java program.
  2. The Java program establishes a connection with SQL Server.
  3. The Java program calls the SQL Server stored procedure and retrieves the output variables.
  4. The Java program passes the output variables back to DB2.
  5. DB2 passes the host variables back to the RPG program.
  6. The RPG program displays the results from SQL Server.

In this example, the iSeries stored procedure call is used to retrieve data from SQL Server during a nightly iSeries batch run. With this technique, only one system is required to control a batch process that can run on multiple platforms. Further, the job can act upon any error handling and take appropriate action. This eliminates the uncertainty of working with two separate jobs on different systems that need to share data.

Food for Further Thought

This example only demonstrates retrieving output parameters from a stored procedure. If your stored procedure returns result sets, you have the option of writing the data to a temporary table or combining the technique described here with the technique described in the table function article ("Query Remote Database Tables from the iSeries Using SQL and Java"). With the table function, the result set of a remote stored procedure can become the output for a table function.

Remote stored procedure execution using Java allows the iSeries to perform real-time execution of stored procedures on other platforms. Wrapping the Java program with a stored procedure reduces complex Java integration to a simple CALL statement. Putting multiple database servers under the control of a single iSeries job can streamline and simplify multi-platform data integration issues.

Michael Sansoterra is a DBA for Broadway Systems in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He can be contacted at







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    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"


  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
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    • And distribute documents digitally


  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400


    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days


  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.


  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using as a pre-built development environment



  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.


  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.



  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption



  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.



  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access




  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.


  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.



  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.



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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - Save media management
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    - Seamless product integration
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.