Easily maintain SQL triggers

There is almost always a problem when creating an SQL trigger and the trigger's file is in use. I found out that using a UDF to do the required computation makes this process much easier. Exclusive lock of trigger file is needed only once. Later you can test and change your UDF without any need to recreate the trigger program -- in the foll. Example lot no in FSO file is determined after an allocation is created in ECL file. This logic is entered into the trigger program, which calls the nextlot() UDF for newlot value.

 ** Beginning of Data ******************************
 CREATE TRIGGER LOV64MMO/ELAWOTRGR                                          
AFTER INSERT ON V604MMF/ELA                                                 
 REFERENCING  NEW AS N                                                      
 FOR EACH ROW MODE DB2ROW                                                   
 WHEN (SUBSTR(N.ALOT,10,1) BETWEEN 'A' AND 'Z'                              
      AND N.ATYPE = 'S' AND N.LQALL > 0 )                                   
 DECLARE REF CHAR(5);                                                       
 IF REF ='MAIN' THEN                                                        
 UPDATE V604MMF/FSO                                                         
     SET SOLOT = NEXTLOT(N.ALOT),                                           
         SOPLOT = '1'                                                       
 WHERE SORD = N.AORD AND SOFAC = 'R1';                                      
 END IF;                                                                    
 ** End of Data  ******************************
                                         CREATE FUNCTION  QGPL/NEXTLOT                                                                 
 (ILOT  CHAR(10))                                                                              
 RETURNS CHAR (10)                                                                             
 LANGUAGE SQL                                                                                  
 DECLARE ICHR CHAR(1);                                                                        
 DECLARE MCHR CHAR(1);                                                                         
 DECLARE NCHR CHAR(1);                                                                         
 DECLARE MLOT CHAR(10);                                                                        
 DECLARE NLOT CHAR(10);                                                                        
 SET ICHR = SUBSTR(ILOT,10,1);                                                                 
 IF ICHR BETWEEN 'A' AND 'Z' THEN                                                              
 SET MLOT = (SELECT MAX(LLOT) FROM ILNL01                                                      
            WHERE SUBSTR(LLOT,1,9) = SUBSTR(ILOT,1,9));                                        
 SET MCHR = SUBSTR(MLOT,10,1);                                                                 
 SET NCHR = TRANSLATE(MCHR,'BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW',                                           
 SET NLOT =  SUBSTR(ILOT,1,9) CONCAT NCHR;                            
 END IF;                                                              
 RETURN NLOT;                                                         
 ***************************** End of Data *************************** 


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