Release 7.40 has some great news, one of them is something that impacts day-to-day coding agility : inline declaration.
What about use a variable without going to the top of your program and declaring it? Yes, you can do it, especially if you are working locally (inside a code block) and not going to use it anywhere else.
A simple text variable:
DATA(text) = ‘Hello’.
OK, this is not a big deal.. since you may use a declaration like that:
DATA text TYPE string VALUE ‘Hello’.
But a really helpful one is when using Field-Symbols:
LOOP AT itab ASSIGNING FIELD-SYMBOL(<line>).
Or even better, within SQL statements:
SELECT carrname AS name, carrid AS id
INTO TABLE @DATA(result).
Looking foward to use it in a day-to-day basis! 🙂