A common source of errors in stored procedures is incorrect typing in arguments. For instance, a particular key
for an entity might need to be
LONG or even always
LONG NOT NULL or
LONG NOT NULL @SENSITIVE and the only
way to do this in the past was maybe with some
#define thing. Otherwise you have to diligently get the type right
in all the places, and should it ever change, again you have to visit all the places. To help with this situation,
and to make code a little more self-describing we add named types to the language. This is a lot like
the C language. They do not create different incompatible types but do let you name things well.
You can now write these sorts of forms:
Refer to the railroad diagram for the grammar details.
Additionally any enumerated type can be used as a type name. e.g.
Enumerations always get "not null" in addition to their base type.
This isn't a very complex feature but we hope that it will help create clearer code that is less likely to have type-related bugs.