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Allow wildcard notation “?” inside input edit mask for MOVE EDITED

With the MOVE EDITED statement you can apply an edit mask for Operand1 to output a field of any format (except H/C) into an alpha string (A/U/B) with a specific layout described by the edit mask. The edit mask can be considered as an output edit m...
Thomas Frischmann 17 days ago in Natural for z/OS / Natural (NAT) / Programing Syntax (Cross platforms) 0 Under Review

Allow (CV=) after a literal string

Natural allows the use of dynamic control variables during INPUT and WRITE. BUT: the use of those (CV=<control_variable>) is restricted to a variable, not to a literal text. If you want to have a different visual behavior for a string, you m...
Philippe Van Coppenolle 21 days ago in Natural for z/OS / Programing Syntax (Cross platforms) 0 Future consideration

Functions SEARCH and VERIFY

PL/1 offers three similar functions for looking in strings: INDEX, which resembles our EXAMINE ... FOR ... POSITION IN .... SEARCH, which returns the position of the first matching character of a given set in a target string VERIFY, which returns ...
Philippe Van Coppenolle 3 months ago in Natural for z/OS / Natural (NAT) / Programing Syntax (Cross platforms) 0 Under Review

Allow for I8 datatype

OpenSystems hardware has it for a long time, z/Series has it for quite a while now, so by now there is no platform NOT natively supporting 64-bit arithmetic. So please introduce an I8 datatype into Natural - on all supported platforms (and NOC as ...
Wolfgang Winter almost 3 years ago in Natural for z/OS / Natural (NAT) / Programing Syntax (Cross platforms) 1 Future consideration

Function "ODD()"

If you want to know if a number is odd or even, you can do the following now: IF #I <> #I / 2 * 2 THEN ... END-IF This takes however quite a bit of CPU, but it can already by simplified by following declarations: 1 #I (I4)1 REDEFINE #I 2 FIL...
Philippe Van Coppenolle 10 months ago in Natural for z/OS / Programing Syntax (Cross platforms) 0 Future consideration

AND, OR, XOR for binary fields

It is currently not possible to do any "binary" operation on binary fields, like AND, OR, XOR or NOT. This makes declarations of particular bit-constants quasi useless, e.g. ... 3 #TB_VDT_FLAG (B01) /* various property flags...1 #TB_VDT_FLAG_VALUE...
Philippe Van Coppenolle about 1 year ago in Natural for z/OS / Natural (NAT) / Programing Syntax (Cross platforms) 0 Future consideration