Templates can be used in two ways:
1. To create a new function:
When a new function is being defined, there is an option to generate the function using an application template. Almost every new function should be created using a template to ensure that your function follows consistent coding standards.
2. To add code to an existing LANSA object:
When modifying an existing LANSA object that contains RDML code, a template can be executed from within the editor by using the template icon on the toolbar.
Templates do not have to generate a complete program. In many cases, they are used as building blocks where you have common or repetitive code. For example, a building block template (BBPGM) can be used to produce a standard function header which can then be used with every new function. An IF/ENDIF template (BBIF) can be used to create the IF and ENDIF code in a function.
Where possible, it is recommended that you start with an application template or building block templates to create your functions.
Visual LANSA templates for component generation are prefixed with "VL_". These templates are for component use only.
Note: Some specialized batch templates may be installed if you are using products such as Commerce Edition. These specialized templates are not typically for interactive execution in the LANSA editor. The template description identifies these specialized templates.