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AS/400: System, Utilities, Database, and Programming, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 1999
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4" x 10-3/4"
  • Pages: 696
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-083067-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-083067-8

This book is your best single source for all the AS/400 information you need.  It is distinct in its breadth, completeness, depth, and ease of use.  It includes topics that reflect the latest AS/400 technologies including Java on the AS/400, Client/Server, TCP/IP network, Internet and Web with the AS/400, JTTP server, Groupware, Lotus Notes, and Domino for AS/400, Sap on the AS/400, ILE, AS/400e series, and using Client Access.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Most chapters end with Review Questions and Lab Assignments).


1. AS/400 System Overview.

Major Characteristics of AS/400. Operating System/400. AS/400 Advanced Series. AS/400e Series and e-business Solutions.

2. Menus and User Interface - A Tutorial. aheads = Sign On and Sign Off. Types of Displays. Operating the System by Built-in Menus - Lab Exercise. Function Keys and Prompting - Lab Exercise.
3. AS/400 Control Language (CL) - A Tutorial. aheads = CL Command Syntax and Command Names. CL Command Parameters. Required and Optional Parameters. Sample CL Commands with the Required and Optional Parameters. Predefined and User-supplied Parameters Values. Command Entry and Command Prompting - Lab Exercise.
4. Work Management and Job Processing. aheads = Work Management Concept and Structure Jobs and Subsystems. Major System and Job Commands. Job Description.
5. Object-oriented Architecture. aheads = Concept of Object. Object Types. Object Management.
6. Using Libraries and Library List - A Tutorial. aheads = Concept of Library. Library Types. Library List. Commands for Manipulating the Library List.
7. Storage Management. aheads = Virtual Storage and Single-level Storage. Storage Pools. RAID-1 and RAID-5 Technologies. Managing DASD.
8. System Security. aheads = Security Levels. User Profile and Group Profile. User Classes. Authorization List.
9. Backup and Recovery. aheads = Overview of Backup and Recovery. Backup Methods and Commands. Recovery Methods and Commands.


10. Programmer Menu and Application Development Tools. aheads = Programming Support. Programmer Menu. Overview of Application Development Tools.
11. Source Entry Utility (SEU) - A Tutorial. aheads = Features of SEU. Starting SEU. Start SEU Command Parameters. Editing Source Member. Using Prompts and Format Lines. Exiting from SEU.
12. Data File Utility (DFU) - A Tutorial. aheads = Data File Utility (DFU) Overview. Creating a DFU Program - Lab Exercise. Changing a DFU Program - Lab Exercise. Running a DFU Program - Lab Exercise. Deleting a DFU Program.
13. Screen Design Aid (SDA) - A Tutorial. aheads = Screen Design Aid (SDA) Overview. Designing and Creating Menus - Lab Exercise. Designing and Creating Displays - Lab Exercise. Testing Displays. Work Screen Functions.
14. Programming Development Manager (PDM) - A Tutorial. aheads = Programming Development Manager (PDM) Overview. Starting PDM. Working with Libraries Using PDM - Lab Exercise. Working with Objects Using PDM - Lab Exercise. Working with Members Using PDM - Lab Exercise. PDM Options and Corresponding Commands.


15. Relational Database Concept. aheads = Database Management System and Database Models. Concept and Structure of the Relational Database. Sample Tables and Views.
16. AS/400 Database: DB2/400. aheads = The Model and Terms of DB2/400. DB2/400 Database Files: Physical Files and Logical Files. Externally Described Files and Program Described Files.
17. Using Data Description Specifications (DDS) to Define Database Files - A Tutorial. aheads = DDS Concepts and Procedures. DDS Entries and Specifications. Using DDS to Define a Physical File. Using DDS to Define a Logical File. Using DDS to Define a Join Logical File. Entering and Compiling DDS - Lab Exercise.


18. AS/400 Programming Languages. aheads = AS/400 Application Programming Support. Overview of AS/400 Programming Languages.
19. Control Language Programming (CLP). aheads = Control Language Programming Overview. Major Functions of CL Programs. CL Program Structure. A Sample CL Program.
20. RPG/400. aheads = Structured RPG. RPG Logic Cycle. RPG Indicators. RPG Specifications and Op Codes. A Sample RPG/400 Program.
21. RPG/400 Versus RPG II. aheads = The Evolution of RPG. Externally Described Files. Structured Programming. Data Structure, Data Area, and Subfile. Indicators and Composite Key.
22. COBOL/400. aheads = COBOL/400 Overview. Identification Division. Environment Division. Data Division. Procedure Division. A Sample COBOL/400 Program.
23. SQL/400 - A Tutorial. aheads = SQL/400 Overview. SQL Statements - Lab Exercise. Embedded SQL and Interactive SQL.
24. Query/400 - A Tutorial. aheads = Query/400 Overview. Major Options of Query/400. Using Query/400 - Lab Exercise.
25. AS/400 Integrated Language Environment (ILE), Modular Programming, and Object-oriented Programming (OOP). aheads = ILE Concepts and Key Elements. ILE Advantages. ILE Structure. ILE Versus Conventional Program Development.
26. Java on the AS/400. aheads = Java Overview. Programming in Java - A Tutorial. Java's Integration into the AS/400. Setting Up the AS/400 Toolbox for Java.


27. Client/Server with the AS/400. aheads = Client/Server Concept. Client/Server Pros and Cons. Client/Server Computing with the AS/400.
28. TCP/IP Network - A Tutorial. aheads = TCP/IP Overview. TCP/IP Network and Protocols. TCP/IP Configuration: Step-by-Step.
29. Internet and Web Enabling. aheads = Internet Terminology. Internet Connection for AS/400. World Wide Web HTTP Server. AS/400 Internet Security and Firewall for AS/400.
30. Groupware, Lotus Notes, and Domino for AS/400. aheads = Overview of Groupware, Lotus Notes, and Domino. Features of Domino for AS/400. Enterprise Integration with Domino for AS/400. Web Serving with Domino for AS/400.
31. SAP on the AS/400. aheads = SAP Overview. Open System Architecture. SAP R/3 Multi-layer Client/Server Architecture. Combining the Strengths of SAP R/3 and AS/400. Porting SAP R/3 to AS/400. AS/400 Functionality Integrated into SAP R/3.
32. Using Client Access - A Tutorial. aheads = Client Access Overview. Data Transfer from AS/400 - Lab Exercise. Data Transfer to AS/400 - Lab Exercise.


33. Developing an Application Project Using DB2/400, DDS, SEU, PDM, DFU, SDA, Query/400, RPG/400, and CL Commands. aheads = Asset Master Application Project Specifications. Creating a Library and Source Files. Database Layouts of Physical and Logical Files. Using Data Description Specifications (DDS) to Define Database Files. Using Source Entry Utility (SEU) and Programming Development Manager (PDM) to Enter and Compile DDS. Using Data File Utility (DFU) to Enter Data into Database Files. Using Query/400 to Retrieve Data from the Database Files and Produce Reports. Using Screen Design Aid (SDA) to Create an Asset Master. Online Inquiry Screen Coding, Entering, and Compiling an Interactive RPG/400 Program. Using Screen Design Aid (SDA) to Create a User-defined Menu. Running the User-defined Menu.
Answers to Even-numbered Questions.


In the Second Edition of this Book
Many new subjects that reflect the latest AS/400 technologies have been added to the second edition. These new topics include:

  • Java on the AS/400
  • Client/Server with the AS/400
  • TCP/IP Network
  • Internet and Web with the AS/400
  • Internet Security and Firewall for AS/400
  • HTTP Server
  • Groupware, Lotus Notes, and Domino for AS/400
  • SAP on the AS/400
  • Using Client Access
  • AS/400e Series and e-business Solutions

The second edition is distinct in its breadth, completeness, depth, and ease of use. It engages readers in hands-on projects while using a combination of text, tutorials, and lab exercises. Detailed and step-by-step illustrations and instructions using graphics, screens, displays, tables, diagrams, and examples are employed throughout the book.

Chapters of this book are organized into six major parts:

The chapters in Part 1 (System) discuss the major characteristics of AS/400. It introduces the AS/400 system architecture and operating system. Tutorials and lab exercises are used to illustrate the AS/400 environment and to teach the use of AS/400 menus and various displays. AS/400 Control Language (CL), which is essential for performing various system and programming tasks, is introduced. The AS/400 work management structure and job processing are explained. Other topics include storage management, system security, backup and recovery, and object-oriented architecture and programming.

The chapters in Part 2 (Utilities) use step-by-step instructions showing readers how to use the AS/400 utilities, commonly called programming development tools, to develop their applications. These tools include Source Entry Utility (SEU), Data File Utility (DFU), Screen Design Aid (SDA), and Programming Development Manager (PDM). In each of the chapters, tutorials, screen displays, and lab exercises are used to maximize the reader's learning experience.

The chapters in Part 3 (Database) discuss the concept and structure of the relational database in general and the AS/400 database, DB2/400, in particular. It uses a combination of forms, examples, and lab exercises to explain to readers the use of Data Description Specifications (DDS) in defining the AS/400 database files.

The chapters in Part 4 (Programming) introduce AS/400 programming languages. The AS/400 Control Language Programming (CLP) is discussed through various examples. Tutorials are used to dissect other major programming languages, including RPG/400, COBOL/400, and SQL/400. ILE, the AS/400 new integrated language environment, is examined and explained. A comparative perspective between RPG/400 and its predecessor, RPG II, is presented. Query/400, an AS/400 utility, which allows users to retrieve data and create reports without the knowledge of a specific programming language, is taught through step-by-step instructions and and lab exercises. Finally, Java, the object-oriented and Web-enabled programming language that has received wide-spread attention lately, is discussed through a tutorial.

Client/Server, Networking, and Internet
The chapters in Part 5 (Client/Server, Networking, and Internet) discuss client/server, networking, and internet - perhaps the most explosive topics and movements in today's computer industry and the focal points of the AS/400 in recent years. Included in the Part 5 are: Client/Server with the AS/400, a tutorial for TCP/IP network, internet and Web with the AS/400, internet security and Firewall for AS/400, HTTP server, Groupware, Lotus Notes, and Domino for AS/400, SAP on the AS/400, and a tutorial for using Client Access.

The chapter in Part 6 (Project) presents step-by-step instructions that guide readers through the development of an application project. It reconstructs and expands the procedures specified in lab exercises and lab assignments of the preceding chapters to create the Asset Master application project. The structured instructions in this section assist readers in learning to use the AS/400 database, utilities, query, and CL commands when coding and developing application and programming projects.

Tutorials, Lab Exercises, and Lab Assignments
The tutorials, lab exercises, and lab assignments in many of the chapters enable readers to develop application projects through hands-on activities using various AS/400 utilities, database, and programming languages. They include CL commands, DB2/400, DDS, SEU, PDM, DFU, SDA, Query/400, and RPG/400. After the completion of these exercises and assignments, readers will have completed two major application projects: the Asset Master and Employee Master.

Who Can Use This Book
This is a technical book written for both novices and experienced computer professionals. AS/400 users and students can use this book to learn the ins and outs of the system and to acquire the basic knowledge of the AS/400. Programmers, system analysts, system administrators, database administrators, and operators can use this book to learn application development, system administration, database design, programming, and operation of the AS/400. Both beginning and experienced computer professionals will benefit from the detailed hands-on tutorials, graphical screen illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and lab exercises. The structured tutorials and practical knowledge offered by this book make it ideal material for technical reference, self-study, and classroom teaching and learning.


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