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From Kathey Marsden <kmarsdende...@sbcglobal.net>
Subject Re: boolean type
Date Tue, 09 Aug 2005 22:54:29 GMT
Myrna van Lunteren wrote:

>On 8/9/05, Jeffrey Lichtman <swazoo@rcn.com> wrote: 
>  
>
>>    
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>>>This looks to me like an edge case. Rather than disable an entire
>>>datatype, I'd recommend logging bugs on these edge cases. Unless
>>>code archeology at IBM discloses some serious problem like data
>>>corruption, I would recommend re-enabling the BOOLEAN datatype.
>>>
>>>-Rick
>>>      
>>>
>>I agree.
>>
>>I have looked at the parser, datatype code and JDBC implementation,
>>and I don't see where anything is missing. Cloudscape used to have a
>>full implementation of boolean before IBM disabled a bunch of
>>features. This included the use of "?" parameters, boolean
>>expressions, et al. It looks to me like all IBM did was put one line
>>of code in the parser to prevent the use of the boolean type except
>>for internal purposes. Unless I'm mistaken, it should be possible to
>>completely re-enable the feature by eliminating that one line of code.
>>
>>The line of code is:
>>
>>checkInternalFeature(TypeId.BOOLEAN_NAME);
>>
>>in the dataTypeCommon() rule.
>>
>>- Jeff Lichtman
>>swazoo@rcn.com
>>Check out Swazoo Koolak's Web Jukebox at
>>http://swazoo.com/
>>
>>  Yes, at IBM the Boolean type was disabled. I haven't done the 
>>    
>>
>archeology, but disabling was not done because of some horrendous known bug 
>in this area.
> However, before someone undisables the lines identified by Jeff, I will 
>mention that more work than meets the eye went into it - at least into 
>adjusting the tests. Many of the tests are intended to test functionality 
>with every single datatype. When the Boolean datatype was disabled, all 
>these tests had to be modified and usage of Boolean is thus *nowhere* tested 
>anymore, and if reinstated, testing should be rewritten.
> Also, the derbyclient probably has no support for Boolean datatype.
> Myrna
>
>  
>
I am not too up  on what is  or is  not needed for BOOLEAN,   but if
someone puts it  in,  pretty please don't forget that soft upgrade check #:)

Thanks

Kathey



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