This built in function is probably not new to most, but I found it very helpful recently.
I had to pull a numeric field out of DB2 and convert it to characters while retaining the leading zeros. I received a little tip on how to do this using the %editc BIF. Note that shiptime is the DB2 field and chartime is the variable.
The “X” edit code is used to keep leading zeros. Cute function.
evalr chartime = %editc(shiptime:’X’)