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Navigating the AS/400: A Hands-On Guide, 2/e

John Enck, Loveland, Colorado
Michael Ryan, Highland, Michigan

Published October, 1997 by Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional)

Copyright 1998, 512 pp.
Paper Bound w/CD-ROM
ISBN 0-13-862558-1

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Maximize your AS/400 productivity! The #1 guide to managing AS/400 hardware & OS/400 software. Navigating the AS/400: A Hands-On Guide is the most complete, up-to-date independent reference to the AS/400. This practical guide delivers all you need to know to administer and optimize AS/400 hardware and OS/400 software—for both traditional and RISC AS/400 platforms. Learn how to:

  • Use and support 5250 Workstations.
  • Work with the AS/400 Command Language..
  • Manage libraries, files and members.
  • Control security in the AS/400 user environment.
  • Use and optimize printer writers, output and message queues.
  • Manage backups and configuration of local devices.
Understand AS/400 tools like the Source Entry Utility, Data File Utility and Screen Design Aid. Get a basic introduction to OfficeVision/400 office automation software. The book also includes complete listings of OS/400 commands, types of objects, 5250 keys and device names.

Navigating the AS/400 includes detailed coverage of AS/400 networking and communications, including the relationship of the AS/400 to the Internet. Discover how to integrate AS/400 applications with Windows and OS/2 workstations via IBM's powerful Client Access/400 solution. If you manage or program the AS/400, Navigating the AS/400 brings together all the day-to-day information you need in one convenient, thorough reference. It'll make life a whole lot easier—and more productive.

Author Bio

JOHN ENCK is the Lab Manager for Windows NT Magazine and a Senior Technical Editor for NEWS/400.

MICHAEL RYAN is a Senior Technical Consultant with Applications Specialists, and lives in Highland, Michigan.

    1. Getting Started.

      The 5250 Workstation. Signing On To The As/400. The As/400 Help Facility. User Support And Education. Signing Off The As/400.

    2. The AS/400 Command Language.

      Command Structure. Types Of Commands. Command Usage. Os/400 Menus. Error Handling.

    3. Libraries, Files, and Members.

      What Is A Library? What Are Files And Members? Library And File Wildcards. External Versus Internal Data Descriptions. Types Of Files. File And Member Operations. Library Operations.

    4. The AS/400 User Environment.

      Users. User Security. Password Protection. Who Is On The System? Where Is My Output? Displaying Information About Your Session. Library Lists.

    5. Queues and Writers.

      Output Queues. Printer Writers. Message Queues.

    6. Basic Editing with the Source Entry Utility (SEU).

      Starting Seu. Editing Operations. Utility Operations. Customizing The Seu Environment. System Command Line. Getting Help In Seu. Exiting And Saving Your Work. The Programmer's Menu.

    7. Command Language Programs.

      What Is A Cl Program? Guidelines For Writing Cl Programs. Cl Program Components. Program Flow Control. Handling Errors. Creating Cl Programs. Executing Cl Programs. Sample Cl Programs. What Is A Command?

    8. Operations.

      Saves And Restores. Tape And Diskette Operation. Configuring Local Devices. Operational Assistant. Error Determination. Error Resolution.

    9. OfficeVision/400.

      The Officevision Vision. Invoking Officevision/400. Returning To The Opening Menu. Leaving Officevision/400. Option 1: The Calendar Function. Options 2 Through 4: Electronic Mail. Options 5 And 6: Document Handling. Option 7: Directories/Distribution Lists. Option 8: Decision Support. Option 9: Administration. Command Shortcuts.

    10. Data File Utility (DFU).

      What Is Dfu? Starting Dfu. Creating A Dfu Program. Running A Dfu Program. Saving Your Work And Exiting Dfu. Changing A Dfu Program. Deleting A Dfu Program. Changing Data With A Temporary Dfu Program.

    11. Screen Design Aid (SDA).

      What Is Sda? Starting Sda. Designing Screens. Saving Your Work And Exiting Sda. Creating A Menu. Testing Menus And Display Files.

    12. Programming Development Manager (PDM).

      What Is Pdm? Starting Pdm. The List-Oriented Interface. Function Keys. Changing Defaults. Generic Object Selection. Working With Libraries. Working With Objects. Working With Members. Using The Find String Function. Working With User-Defined Options.

    13. The System/36 Execution Environment.

      Overview. Components Of The System/36 Environment. Invoking The S/36E. Similarities And Differences. Managing The S/36E. Commands Used In The S/36E. Saving And Restoring Information. Improving Performance In The S/36E.

    14. AS/400 Communications.

      Display Station Pass-Through. Communication Links. Workstation Connectivity. Appn Versus Appc. Tcp/Ip. Client Access/400.

    15. Advanced Topics.

      The System Request Menu. Alternate Sign On. System Values. Structured Query Language (Sql). Systems Application Architecture (Saa). The Risc Revolution. Risc System Characteristics. The Powerpc As Processor. Why Upgrade? The Upgrade Process.

    Appendix A. OS/400 Commands.


    Appendix B. Types of Objects.
    Appendix C. 5250 Keys.
    Appendix D. AS/400 Device Names.
    Appendix E. CL Programming Operators.



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