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# RPG Academy: BIF Up Your Code! Building MS Excel-like LEFT and RIGHT Functions Using BIFs

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It's time to have a little fun! Let's build MS Excel-like LEFT and RIGHT functions using BIFs.

My guess is that you, dear reader, use MS Excel (or some sort of spreadsheet similar to it) to some extent. Even if you don't use it every day, it's possible that you've come across the LEFT, MID, and RIGHT functions. If you haven't, this article provides a nice overview. These are simple yet powerful text-handling functions. LEFT and RIGHT don't have a parallel in RPG. However, the MID function does: it's the %SUBST BIF that I presented two TechTips ago.

Our Own LEFT RPG Function

Let's build our own LEFT RPG function. If you haven't already, this would be a good time to stop and read the two TechTips is this series that explain how to build and use your own functions. Now think a bit about what the LEFT function does: returns the leftmost n characters of a string. In other words, it returns the first n characters of a string. Well, that's something easily achieved with %SUBST; just indicate 1 in the BIF's second parameter (start position) and n in the third (length to extract), like this: %SUBST(<string> : 1 : n)

With that, we can start to build our function. But first, allow me a moment to discuss what a procedure or function should be. In order to build a proper procedure or function, a programmer should, in my opinion, perform three distinct tasks:

1. Check the input parameters, if they exist, especially if they have keywords like VARYING or OPTIONS. Validate the parameters the best you can and return an error if an unrecoverable situation occurs. This can be anythingfrom missing parameters to unknown valuesso be careful here and think it through before starting to write code.
2. Retrieve all the necessary information from files, data areas, calculations over variables, and so on so that the next task on this list can be as isolated from the rest of the code as possible. This is important for the readability and future maintainability of the code. However, in simple functions, like our LEFT function, this task might not be necessary.
3. Finally, perform whatever operation the procedure or function is supposed to, documenting it properly so that your train of thought can be followed by whoever reads that code in the future.

Enough talk. Let's code! Just like its MS Excel counterpart, our LEFT function has two parameters:

*------------------------------------------------------------------------*

*   Left (return the leftmost n characters of a string)                 *

*------------------------------------------------------------------------*

P Left           B                   Export

D Left           PI         32767A   VARYING

* Input parameters

D P_String                 32767A   OPTIONS(*VARSIZE)

D                                     CONST

D P_NbrChars                   5P 0 CONST

We're going to need some work variables, so let's declare and initialize them:

* Work variables

D W_String       S         32767A   VARYING INZ(*Blanks)

D W_Return       S         32767A   VARYING INZ(*Blanks)

Then comes first task, checking the input parameters, which looks like this:

* Check input parms

* P_String

C                   IF       P_String = ''

C                   RETURN   P_String

C                   ENDIF

* "Clean" P_String because of OPTIONS(*VARSIZE)

C                   EVAL     W_String = %SUBST(P_String : 1 :

C                                              %LEN(%TRIM(P_String)))

* P_NbrChars

C                   IF       P_NbrChars <= *Zeros

C                             Or P_NbrChars > %LEN(%TRIM(P_String))

C                   RETURN   P_String

C                   ENDIF

In the P_String check, the only thing to do is confirm that a string was actually passed. If it wasn't, then there's nothing for the function to do, so it returns control to the calling program. Otherwise, the content of P_String is moved (not by using MOVE, because we no longer use that) to a work variable, thus "cleaning" the input parm's value of any unwanted content. The second parameter validation is slightly more complex: we need to make sure that a valid number of characters was passed: it needs to be a positive number, smaller than the length of the string. Also, because P_String has the OPTIONS(*VARSIZE) keyword, we're only interested in the length of the string that actually contains data, hence the %LEN(%TRIM(P_String)), has explained here. Again, if something went wrong, control is passed back to the calling program, returning the input string untouched.

Because this function doesn't require additional data, the second task, retrieve all the necessary information, is not required. The third task can be executed next:

* If the input parms are ok, process

* Perform the LEFT operation

C                   EVAL     W_Return = %SUBST(W_String : 1 : P_NbrChars)

C                   RETURN   W_Return

P Left           E

There you have it: your own LEFT function!

RIGHT Is Next…

RIGHT is a bit more complex, because we don't know beforehand how long the input string is going to be. Because %SUBST extracts characters from left to right, you could either reverse the string and use LEFT (not so simple, but possible) or do a little calculation to determine where to start extracting characters. Think about it; I'll get back to that in a bit. The RIGHT function will have the same parameters as LEFT, so they are very similar right down to the end of the first task:

*------------------------------------------------------------------------*

*   Right /return the rightmost n characters of a string)               *

*------------------------------------------------------------------------*

P Right           B                   Export

D Right           PI         32767A   VARYING

* Input parameters

D P_String                 32767A   OPTIONS(*VARSIZE)

D                                     CONST

D P_NbrChars                   5P 0 CONST

* Work variables

D W_String       S         32767A   VARYING INZ(*Blanks)

D W_Return       S         32767A   VARYING INZ(*Blanks)

D W_StartPos     S              5P 0 INZ(*Zeros)

* Check input parms

* P_String

C                   IF       P_String = ''

C                   RETURN   P_String

C                   ENDIF

* P_NbrChars

C                   IF       P_NbrChars <= *Zeros

C                  RETURN   P_String

C                   ENDIF

* "Clean" P_String because of OPTIONS(*VARSIZE)

C                   EVAL     W_String = %SUBST(P_String : 1 :

C                                               %LEN(%TRIM(P_String)))

* P_NbrChars

C                   IF       P_NbrChars <= *Zeros

C                            Or P_NbrChars > %LEN(%TRIM(P_String))

C                   RETURN   P_String

C                   ENDIF

You probably noticed an additional work variable in the code above: W_StartPos. While the second task (retrieve all the necessary information) was not required in the LEFT function, now we need to determine where our %SUBST is going to start. What we need is to know how long our input string is so that the program can extract the last n characters. Here's RIGHT's task 2:

* Determine the start position

C                   EVAL     W_StartPos = %LEN(%TRIM(P_String))

C                                           - P_NbrChars + 1

Let me give you an example to illustrate the code above. If P_String has 10 characters and we want the last three (the eighth, ninth, and tenth characters), W_StartPos will contain 8 (10 – 3 + 1). Finally, the third and last task can be performed:

* Perform the RIGHT operation

C                   EVAL     W_Return = %SUBST(W_String : W_StartPos)

C                   RETURN   W_Return

P Right           E

Note that the %SUBST is not using the third parameter. It can be omitted because this BIF will automatically determine the length of the string and W_StartPos contains the correct start position. By the way, you could skip W_StartPos and simply perform its operation directly in the %SUBST, like this:

C                   EVAL     W_Return = %SUBST(W_String :

C                                               %LEN(%TRIM(P_String))

C                                                 - P_NbrChars + 1)

Not so clear, right? I've shown before that you can perform operations in a BIF's parameter. I chose not to do it for two reasons: to keep the code simple, clear, and maintainable (it can get hard to decipher operations within operations) and to keep the three tasks of a procedure/function as isolated from each other as possible.

That's all for now! The next TechTip of the RPG Academy series will introduce a new BIF and use it to create a few other MS Excel-like functions in RPG. Until then, comment on this TechTip, improve on it, and share your thoughts and doubts in the Comments section below or in the usual LinkedIn groups.

Rafael Victória-Pereira has more than 20 years of IBM i experience as a programmer, analyst, and manager. Over that period, he has been an active voice in the IBM i community, encouraging and helping programmers transition to ILE and free-format RPG. Rafael has written more than 100 technical articles about topics ranging from interfaces (the topic for his first book, Flexible Input, Dazzling Output with IBM i) to modern RPG and SQL in his popular RPG Academy and SQL 101 series on mcpressonline.com and in his books Evolve Your RPG Coding and SQL for IBM i: A Database Modernization Guide. Rafael writes in an easy-to-read, practical style that is highly popular with his audience of IBM technology professionals.

Rafael is the Deputy IT Director - Infrastructures and Services at the Luis Simões Group in Portugal. His areas of expertise include programming in the IBM i native languages (RPG, CL, and DB2 SQL) and in "modern" programming languages, such as Java, C#, and Python, as well as project management and consultancy.

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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
- Seamless product integration
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• #### Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

Robot 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
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• #### Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

More 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.