Intro to the AS/400

Chapter 1 - Welcome to the AS/400

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Objectives

Define “minicomputer” Explain the 3 types of AS/400 software

Explain the 4 types of display screens Show how the various screens interrelate
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What is a Minicomputer?

Size
Speed Users

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What is a Minicomputer? Size Speed Users PC Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries Mid Range Mainframe 4 .

AS/400 History 1969 1975 1977 1978 System 3 S/32 S/34 S/38 Architecture Productivity Features New Features 1983 S/36 Ease of use Features 1988 AS/400 2001 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries iSeries 5 .

So what is an AS/400?  Minicomputer or Midrange computer “Plug-and-go” system Easy to use. menu driven    AS stands for Application System 6 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

Software Architecture User AS/400 Application Software Main Memory System Hardware Operating System Software LIC Hardware 7 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

Application software  Primary interface for users Performs user functions such as:  Payroll  Inventory  Ordering  management  Can be purchased or developed 8 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

delete)  Programmer  Rarely accessed by application users 9 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .Operating System  Called OS/400 Provides access to common system functions such as:  Security  System  Monitoring functions (copy.

Licensed Internal Code  Programs that perform the most basic system functions:  Read/write  Communications  Security  Interfaces directly with system hardware Often stored on read-only chips Provides a buffer between application code and hardware 10   Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

Emulation Software  Allows a PC to operate as an AS/400 workstation There are many products available that allow AS/400 sessions on a PC   They usually provide (at least) a Windows “frame” with common Windows functions:  Cut/paste  Display appearance  Keyboard Mapping 11 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

Standard Green Screen Interface Windows functions are accessed with: Command bar Button bar 12 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

. . . . . . . . . INTROXX Your password will not appear when you type it Press Enter 13 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . . . . . . : Subsystem . . . : Display . . . . . . . .Signing On Sign On System . . . . . . . . . . . Program/procedure Menu . . . . . . . . . . . ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ S1010045 QINTER QPADEV0012 e. . . . . . .g. . . . . . . . . . : User . . . Current library . . . . . Password .

5. 2. 6. 3. 9. 7.Main Menu MAIN Select one of the following: 1. 4. libraries. and folders Programming Communications Define or change the system Problem handling Display a menu Information Assistant options Client Access tasks AS/400 Main Menu System: Memphis 90. Sign off Selection or command ===> _________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ F3=Exit F4=Prompt F9=Retrieve F12=Cancel F13=Information Assistant F23=Set initial menu 14 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . 11. User tasks Office tasks General system tasks Files. 8. 10.

The AS/400 Screens  Menu Screens Information Screens Entry Screens List Screens    15 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

2. Sign off    Command line Function keys Message area Selection or command ===> _____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ F3=Exit F4=Prompt F9=Retrieve F12=Cancel F13=Information Assistant F23=Set initial menu 16 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . and folders Programming Communications Define or change the system Problem handling Display a menu Information Assistant options PC Support tasks BRUCE  Header Menu choices  90. 7. User tasks Office tasks General system tasks Files. 8. 9. 5. 4. 10. 3.Menu screen components MAIN AS/400 Main Menu System: Select one of the following: 1. 11. 6. libraries.

Menu Screens  Menus allow you to locate system functions such as:    Copying a file Starting a utility program Changing system parameters  There are two types of menus:  System menus  Utility menus 17 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

g.System Menus  System menus have an ID in the upper left corner of the screen You can access system menus:  With  the GO command and menu ID (e. GO Main) menu options  Through 18 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

Two ways to start a utility program:    With a CL command (STRPDM) Through menu options 19 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .Utility Menus  Utility menus are accessed by starting a utility program.

.............. : : : : To go to another menu.... : : For assistance in entering a command...... type the command and press F4 : : (Prompt)....Help : : : : The AS/400 Main (MAIN) menu allows you to select the general task : : you want to do..... : AS/400 Main Menu ................ press F4 (Prompt) without typing anything........... : : : : How to Use a Menu : : : : To select a menu option..... type the option number and press Enter.. press F9 : : (Retrieve)....: 20 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries ......... use the Go to Menu (GO) command.Information Screens  Header  Body  Function keys MAIN AS/400 Main Menu ........ : : F3=Exit help F10=Move to top F11=InfoSeeker F12=Cancel : : F13=Information Assistant F14=Print help : : : :.... : : : : To run a command................... then press the Enter key.............................. To see a previous command you entered............. type the command and press Enter.. to : : More..... For assistance : : in selecting a command.. For example.... Type GO : : followed by the menu ID.......

Information Screens  Information screens display helpful text Information screen text can include:  “How  Error  to” instructions information and correction procedures  Monitoring information 21 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

*LIBL. *CURLIB Name. . From file . . *HEX  Body   Function keys Message area F3=Exit F4=Prompt F5=Refresh F13=How to use this display F10=Additional parameters F24=More keys Bottom F12=Cancel 22 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . . . . . . . press Enter.Entry Screens  Header Copy File (CPYF) Type choices. . . . *ADD. . . . *YES *CHAR. . . *CURLIB Name. . . . . . . . . Library . . . . . . Library . *FIRST. . *ALL Name. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Replace or add records Create file . . . *LIBL. . . . . . . . *FROMMBR *NONE. . . To member or label . . . . . . . . __________ *LIBL __________ *LIBL *FIRST *FIRST *NONE *NO *CHAR Name Name. . From member .. Print format . To file . . . generic*. . *FIRST. . . . . . *NO. *PRINT Name. *REPLACE. . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . *ALL Name. . *CURLIB Name. generic*. . . . . Print format . . . . . . . *LIBL. . From member . . . . To member or label . . *LIBL *LIBL *FIRST *FIRST *NONE *NO *CHAR Name Name. . . . . . . . . *FIRST. . . . . . .. . . . To file . . . . . . . Library . . . . . . *LIBL. Replace or add records Create file . *ADD. . *REPLACE. . . . .Entry Screen Body From file . . . Library . . . . . . *CURLIB Name. *NO. *YES *CHAR. . . *FROMMBR *NONE. . *FIRST. . . . *PRINT Name.. . . . *HEX Field Descriptions Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries Data Entry Fields Entry Field Values 23 . . . . . .

Entry Screens  Allow you to send information and instructions to the system Also called “prompt” screens Tab key moves the cursor between entry fields   24 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

. . press Enter. . . .List Screens  Header List type . ___________ 4=Delete 9=Save 5=Display 10=Restore . .. . .. . Work with Libraries Using PDM *ALL Position to .  Options Body Command line Function keys Type options. . 2=Change 3=Copy 7=Rename 8=Display description Opt Library YOURLIB01 __ YOURLIB02 __ YOURLIB03 __ YOURLIB04 __ YOURLIB05 __ YOURLIB06 Type *PROD *PROD *PROD *PROD *PROD *PROD Text   Bottom Parameters or command ===> _________________________________________________________________________ F3=Exit F4=Prompt F5=Refresh F6=Create F9=Retrieve F10=Command entry F23=More options F24=More keys   Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries Message area 25 .

List Screens  Display system objects such as:  Programs  Files  Jobs  Allow you to perform functions against listed items such as:  Copy  Delete  Rename 26 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

Navigating the AS/400 screens  Menu options GO CL commands   27 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

menu options Main Menu Option 4 Files.Screen Interface . and Folders Option 1 Files Option 1 Work with Files (WRKF) Fill entry field. press Enter Work with Files 28 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . Libraries.

Screen Interface Main Menu F3 F12 Files. and Folders F12 Files Go Main F12 F3 Work with Files (WRKF) F12 Work with Files 29 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . Libraries.

.. For assistance : : in selecting a command.. type the option number and press Enter...... : : : : To go to another menu...............: Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries More… Means the screen continues Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to see the next screen 30 . : : : : To run a command...... : : F3=Exit help F10=Move to top F11=InfoSeeker F12=Cancel : : F13=Information Assistant F14=Print help : : : :. then press the Enter key....... type the command and press Enter. : AS/400 Main Menu .......................... For example... To see a previous command you entered........... use the Go to Menu (GO) command.....Help : : : : The AS/400 Main (MAIN) menu allows you to select the general task : : you want to do......Page Up & Page Down MAIN AS/400 Main Menu ... Type GO : : followed by the menu ID........ : : : : How to Use a Menu : : : : To select a menu option........................ : : For assistance in entering a command........... press F4 (Prompt) without typing anything................ to : : More................. press F9 : : (Retrieve). type the command and press F4 : : (Prompt)...

On-line Help  F1 Contextual  General  help  Screen  Function keys  List options  Menu option help  Entry field help  Message help 31 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

: CPF2103 received by ORDERRPT at 100. . . (C D I R)   Cause . . . Recovery .Additional Message Help  Header Message ID . . . Bottom Press Enter to continue. . F3=Exit F6=Print F9=Display message details F10=Display messages in job log F12=Cancel F21=Select assistance level 32 Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries . .Try the failing command again. . . . . To continue. . .Dump the CL program variables and cancel the CL program. : Date sent . . . . .Cancel the CL program. Message text for CPF2103 is: Library YOURLIBXX already exists in library list. . : 16:42:11  Cause Recovery Replies Message . : This inquiry message can be avoided by changing the program. . R -. . . D -. . . . .Ignore the failing command. . : Additional Message Information CPA0701 01/14/99 Time sent . . : C -. Possible choices for replying to message . . Monitor for the error (MONMSG command) and perform error recovery within the program. . . . . . . . choose a reply value. : Control language (CL) program ORDERRPT in library YOURLIBXX detected an error at statement number 100. . I -. .

Points to Remember  The AS/400 is a midrange computer geared toward ease of use and application systems The simplest way to execute functions on the AS/400 is through the screen interface system The AS/400 is one of the easiest to use and most cost effective computers ever produced 33   Copyright 2001 by Janson Industries .

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