You create the interface of your components graphically by dragging controls and other components from the repository to a form. The form represents a window of the application when it is running. This means that you can see what your application will look like while you are developing it.
Working in a graphical environment can significantly shorten the time you spend creating an application. This is because you create much of the application using drag and drop so there is less code to write.
To understand what a difference working in the graphical development environment makes, try it out. Even if you do not have a Visual LANSA hardware key, you can create components and have a look at the Visual LANSA work environment. To do this, create a new form called DEMCOM01. (You can create ten forms or other components named DEMCOM01 to DEMCOM10.)