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Add option for setting NONE character of Special Value property instead of setting the full absolute value without changing padding character

We need to have an option to set the character used in the NONE Special Value property in a type tree's field. The only way it works now is by setting the exact value to be evaluated to NONE. So, for example, if we are setting the NONE special value of a three-character long and a five-character long text fields to have <NULL> bytes instead of the default spaces and want those values to be evaluated to NONE, we have to set the NONE Special Value of the first field to "<NULL><NULL><NULL>" and the second to "<NULL><NULL><NULL><NULL><NULL>". There doesn't seem to be a way to just say that we want the default NONE byte of this field to be "<NULL>" instead of the default "<SP>" for text fields or zero for numeric fields. Of course this example is a simple one, but in our case we have over 1000 fields that range from 5 characters to over 500 characters, so setting the exact absolute value of all those fields doesn't make sense and will make the type tree extremely hard to maintain in case the copybook needed to be reimported, which happens twice a year anyways in this project. 

 

Note: This needs to be applied without changing the padding characters. So for text fields, for example, the padding character to still be <SP>, or whatever character it is, and zero for numeric fields, and so on.

  • Guest
  • Apr 6 2018
  • Not under consideration
What is your industry? Insurance
How will this idea be used?

Since setting the NONE Special Value of every single field in the type tree is hard to maintain, especially with the constantly changing schema, having this option to set the byte used for NONE Special Value instead of entering the full value will enable using the NONE property for our solution. As a result, we will be able to distinguish between NULL fields and blank fields (fields that are all blank, but shouldn't be dealt with as NULL. For example, a five-byte numeric field named "count" having value 00000 as should be a valid value and should be different from a null value, where we will get 5 <NULL> bytes)

  • Guest commented
    8 Oct, 2019 05:48pm

    unlikley to be prioritized in the next 18 months

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