IBM RPG II

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RPG II is a version of the IBM RPG programming language. It was developed in the late 1960s and was offered on a number of different computers, including the IBM 1130, IBM System/3, System/32, System/34, System/36, System/370, The Singer System 10, and the Wang VS Series. ICL also produced versions for its ICL 2903 system and for the VME/K operating system. Further, Burroughs Corporation produced an RPG II compiler with database extensions for its B1700 series of computers.

RPG stands for Report Program Generator. RPG is a fixed-format programming language, which means that code must be placed in exact column locations in order to generate correct results. COBOL and BASIC are considered free-format to some extent because the code can be placed variously and still generate correct results.

RPG also incorporates fixed logic, which means that files are opened when the program begins and closed when the program ends, even though this is not explicitly stated; special variables such as UDATE, UYEAR, PAGE, and so forth, are filled when the program begins or when page overflow occurs, even though there is no explicit instruction for these activities. Total calculations and output are done at "total time," after the detail cycle when L1/LR has been set on by fixed logic.

The concept of RPG fitted neatly with a cyclical machine that read cards, summarised their contents and prints a result, rather like a tabulating machine. The language was extended to handle other input and output devices and provides a fast and efficient method of programming.

Devices such as the workstation (WORKSTN), the keyboard (KEYBORD), or the console (CONSOLE) do not have a fixed number of records at the beginning of the job and therefore, in order to incorporate the fixed-logic RPG "Last Record" cycle, the LR indicator can be set on with a SETON instruction. LR cannot be set off.

RPG II did not evolve much from the 1977 implementation on the System/34 to 2000 when the Advanced/36 was discontinued from marketing.

Third-party providers sold more than 200 different assembler subroutines that could be used by System/36 and Advanced/36 programmers to exceed RPG II limitations.

RPGII specifications[edit]

In the popular System/36 implementation of RPG II, there are 8 different specification types:

  1. The U or Auto Report spec is only required for Auto Report programs.
  2. The H or Header spec is at the top of the program and describes compiler options such as maximum compile size, whether the program is a MRT or Multiple Requestor Terminal program, and what type of listing is generated when the program is compiled. The object name of the program created is located in columns 75–80; if a source does not have an H spec, the name RPGOBJ is used.
  3. The F or File spec(s) are next, and describes the files used in the program. Files may be disk files (DISK) or may be devices such as a printer (PRINTER), the workstation (WORKSTN), keyboard (KEYBORD), unformatted display (CRT or DISPLAY), or user-defined (SPECIAL). Record size, block size, overflow indicators, and external indicators are described. It is possible that an RPG program will not use any F specs.
  4. The E or Extension spec(s) are next, and describe arrays and tables, which may be prefetched from disk files (an Input table), drawn from constants placed at the end of the source between ** and /* symbols, or built from calculations.
  5. The L or Line Counter spec(s) are next, and if present, describe the form to be printed. It defines the number of lines in a page and the positions where printing begins and ends.
  6. The I or Input specs are next, and describe the data areas within files. RPG II permits redefinition of data areas so that a field named FLDA might occupy the same area as an array AR that contains 8 elements of 1 character each. Non-record areas such as data structures can be described. Depending on the values of the input record, indicators may be conditioned.
  7. The C or Calculation spec(s) are next. Total fields may be described and accumulated. Complex computations and string manipulations are possible. Indicators may be conditioned.
  8. The last specification(s) are O or Output specifications, which describe the output record in terms of fields and output positions.

Operation codes appear in columns 28–32 of an RPG-II calculation specification.

Operation code Name
ADD Add
SUB Subtract
MULT Multiply
DIV Divide
Z-ADD Zero and Add
Z-SUB Zero and Subtract
MVR Move Remainder
MOVE Move
MOVEL Move Left
MHLZO Move High to Low Zone
MLHZO Move Low to High Zone
MLLZO Move Low to Low Zone
MHHZO Move High to High Zone
BITON Bit On
BITOF Bit Off
TESTB Test Bit
GOTO Go To
TAG Tag (destination of a GOTO)
EXSR Execute Subroutine
BEGSR Begin Subroutine
ENDSR End Subroutine
SETON Set On
SETOF Set Off
EXCPT Exception
EXIT Exit
RLABL Redefine Label
ULABL User Label
CALL1 Call
PARM1 Parameter
CHAIN Chain
READ Read
READE Read Equal
READP Read Previous
REDPE Read Previous Equal
SETLL Set Lower Limits
SET Set
TIME Time of day (000000-235959)
DSPLY Display
SORTA Sort Array
XFOOT Crossfoot
MOVEA Move Array
LOKUP Lookup (find in array)
  1. CALL/PARM was added to RPG II with Release 6.0 (also known as the VASP).

CHAIN retrieves the record in the indexed file named in Factor 2 that matches the exact key specified by the value in Factor 1.

SETLL causes the index pointer for the file named in Factor 2 to be positioned at the location specified by the value in Factor 1.

SORTA causes the named array to be sorted in place; that is, the elements appear in order.

Z-SUB calculates Factor 2 with opposite sign and moved to result field.

XFOOT causes an array to be summed and the result moved to result field.

MVR must follow a DIV operation. The integer remainder of the DIV operation is placed in the result field. MVR following the DIV operation for "56 divided by 3" would place the value 2 in the result field.

Indicators[edit]

  • Standard:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39
40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79
80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
  • Halt Indicators:
H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 H6 H7 H8 H9
  • Matching Indicators:
M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9 MR
  • Control-Level Indicators:
L0 L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 L7 L8 L9
  • Command Key Indicators:
KA KB KC KD KE KF KG KH KI KJ KK KL KM KN KP KQ KR KS KT KU KV KW KX KY
These indicators refer to command keys 1 to 24, in that order. Note that there is no KO indicator.
  • First Cycle Indicator (1st Page, mainly used for printer files):
1P
  • Last Record Indicator:
LR
  • Overflow Indicators:
OA OB OC OD OE OF OG OV
  • External Indicators:
U1 U2 U3 U4 U5 U6 U7 U8
System/36 SEU templates
3 H
5 F/files
6 F/extensions
7 E
8 L
10 I/header
11 I/fields
12 C
13 O/header
14 O/fields

Sample code[edit]

     F***************************************************************
     F* THIS PROGRAM READS THE CONTENTS OF AN INVOICE HEADER FILE   
     F* AND PRINTS THE INVOICES PROCESSED FOR THE DATE SET IN THE   
     F* LOCAL DATA AREA.  THERE ARE LEVEL BREAKS AND TOTALS FOR      
     F* EACH STORE.                                                 
     F***************************************************************
     F*
     FINVHDR  IP  F      62            DISK
     FPRINTER O   F     132     OF     PRINTER
     IINVHDR  NS  01   1NC
     I                                        1   3 STORE L1
     I                                        4  13 INVNO
     I                                       14  20 CUSTNO
     I                                       21  45 STNAM
     I                                       46  53 INVDAT
     I                                       54  622TOTINV
     I           UDS
     I                                        1   8 RPTDAT
     C   01      INVDAT    COMP RPTDAT                   11
     C   01 11             ADD  TOTINV    L1TOT   92
     C   01 11             ADD  TOTINV    LRTOT   92
     OPRINTER H  101   1P
     O       OR        OF
     O                         PAGE  Z  106
     O                                  102 'PAGE'
     O                                   59 'VERY BIG'
     O                                   72 'STORES, INC.'
     O                         UDATE Y   17
     O                                    8 'RUN DATE'
     O        H  1     1P
     O       OR        OF
     O                                   73 'DAILY SALES BY STORE'
     O        H  2     1P
     O       OR        OF
     O                         RPTDAT    83
     O                                   63 'FOR DATE:'
     O        H  1     1P
     O       OR        OF
     O                                    6 'STORE'
     O                                   18 'INVOICE'
     O                                   28 'CUSTOMER'
     O                                   58 'CUSTOMER'
     O                                   78 'INVOICE'
     O        H  2     1P
     O       OR        OF
     O                                    6 'NUMBER'
     O                                   18 'NUMBER'
     O                                   28 'NUMBER'
     O                                   58 'NAME'
     O                                   78 'TOTAL'
     O        D  0     L1
     O                         STORE      6
     O        D  1     01 11
     O                         INVNO     18
     O                         CUSTNO    28
     O                         STNAM     58
     O                         TOTINV1B  78
     O        T  1     L1
     O                                   45 'STORE TOTAL...'
     O                         L1TOT 1B  78
     O        T 1      LR
     O                                   45 'GRAND TOTAL...'
     O                         LRTOT 1   78 

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