Several special features make CA IDMS DQF exceptionally easy to use.
All of the information screens can be accessed with menus. The Dictionary Entity Main Menu lists all of the second level menus. The following display illustrates the large variety of menus that are available. From a second level menu, you can select detail information on an entity or select cross-reference information for the entity.
Access to More Than One Dictionary
A choice of dictionaries and nodes is available on the Dictionary Entity Main Menu. You can examine an entity in one dictionary, return to the Dictionary Entity Main Menu, select another dictionary, and access information on a similar entity in the second dictionary.
Knowledge of Dictionary Structure Not Required
Knowledge of the relationships between entities in the dictionary is not necessary. Second level menus list cross-references to related entities. Specifying an entity name and version number and entering a simple code (such as REC for record) from a second level menu takes you to the next screen. For example, REC entered from the Dialog Menu (alone with the dialog name and version) calls up a Dialog/Record cross-reference screen.
Exhibit 2.2: CA IDMS DQF Menus
Access to Any Detail Screen
As an alternative to accessing a detail information screen from a menu, you can transfer directly to the detail information screen, without going back to a menu. From each second level menu or detail information screen, it is easy to access any other detail information screen by entering a combination code (code.code) and specifying an entity name and version number. For example, the combine code REC.ELE calls up a Records/Elements cross-reference screen, which lists all the elements that make up the specified record, along with layout information. In the example illustrated below, the user jumped from Dialog/Records to Record/Elements to Element/Basic Information.
Access to the Selection List
A selection list, used to find out what entity names are in the dictionary, is available from these second-level menus:
The selection list is easily accessed by first accessing one of the listed second-level menus. From that menu, you can choose selection list (LST) from the detail options offered. Next, by choosing one of the entity names displayed in the selection list, basic information on that entity is displayed, and information on cross-reference entities (for example, dialogs and records related to that entity) can be quickly accessed.
At the end of a session you may want to retain the current entity names so that later on it is possible to return quickly to the same information. If you leave an CA IDMS DQF session by using the END PF key from the Dictionary Entity Main Menu, the scratch records are not deleted and the currency of the entities examined is retained, as long as you stay in CA IDMS/DC. As a result, the most recently accessed entity names do not have to be entered the next time you access CA IDMS DQF.
DQF Rnn.nn ─── DIALOG / RECORDS ─────────────────── CA, INC. hh:mm mm/dd/yy OPTION ===> DIA.REC PAGE 1 OF 1 NAME ===> ACDPAY12 VERSION ===> 1 RECORD VER ACWK001-DATE-TIME 0100 ACWK001-MAP0100 ACWK000-PAY-GLOBAL 0100 ACWK003-PAY-SCRATCH-CONTROL 0100 ACKW002-PAY-WORK 0100 ADSO-APPLICATION-GLOBAL-RECORD 0001 ADSO-STAT-DEF-RECORD 0001 PF3= END PF4= MAIN MENU PF7= UP PF8= DOWN DQF Rnn.nn ─── RECORD / ELEMENTS ────────────────── CA, INC. hh:mm mm/dd/yy OPTION ===> REC.ELE PAGE 1 OF 13 NAME ===> ADSO-APPLICATION-GLOBAL-RECORD VERSION ===> 1 LEVEL NAME PICTURE USAGE LENGTH START S/P/U 01 ADSO-APPLICATION-GLOBAL-RECORD 653 03 AGR-APPLICATION-NAME X(8) DISPLAY 8 1 03 AGR-CURRENT-FUNCTION X(8) DISPLAY 8 9 03 AGR-NEXT-FUNCTION X(8) DISPLAY 8 17 03 AGR-CURRENT-RESPONSE X(8) DISPLAY 8 25 03 AGR-DEFAULT-RESPONSE X(8) DISPLAY 8 33 03 AGR-TASK-CODE X(8) DISPLAY 8 41 03 AGR-EXIT-DIALOG X(8) DISPLAY 8 49 03 AGR-PRINT-DESTINATION X(8) DISPLAY 8 57 03 AGR-DATE X(8) DISPLAY 8 65 03 AGR-USER-ID X(32) DISPLAY 32 73 03 AGR-SECURITY-CODE X(32) DISPLAY 32 105 03 AGR-INSTALLATION-CODE X(32) DISPLAY 32 137 ...CONTINUED PF3= END PF4= MAIN MENU PF7= UP PF8= DOWN DQF Rnn.nn ─── ELEMENT / BASIC INFO ─────────────── CA, INC. hh:mm mm/dd/yy OPTION ===> ele.bas PAGE 1 OF 1 NAME ===> AGR-TASK-CODE VERSION ===> 1 DESCRIPTION NAME OF TASK PICTURE X(8) USAGE DISPLAY PREPARED mm/dd/yy BY SMIJO01 REVISED mm/dd/yy BY SMIJO01 PF3= END PF4= MAIN MENU PF7= UP PF8= DOWN
Exhibit 2.3: Jumping Directly from One Information Screen to Another