1.3 How Does LANSA Client Work?

LANSA Client has been designed to make use of your Microsoft Windows knowledge and skills.

As with other Windows based applications, LANSA Client's features are activated by commands. These commands are found on the menu bar where they are stored in logical groups.

There is more than one way of executing a command. The more commonly used commands are included as icons on the tool bar. If you prefer, you can also use accelerator keys (sometimes called short cut keys) to initiate a command. The keys to use are shown with each command.

You create, or define, a query in the Query window. When defining your query, you can add selection criteria in order to limit the data retrieved, you can specify the sequence in which you want the data presented, the totaling you would like, and so on. The data retrieved is displayed in a Results window unless you have directed it to be immediately displayed in a file.

When the data is displayed in a Results window, you can further manipulate it by changing the sequence, grouping it, adding more totals, collapsing and expanding it.

You customize charts in the Chart window. You can also select and save your own specific chart preferences, so that new charts require fewer or no changes.

The data retrieved by a LANSA Client query does not need to originate from a LANSA application. If it is maintained by a non-LANSA application, it needs to be "made known" to the LANSA Repository when the Repository is installed on the host.