1.3 What goes into a File Definition?

Before explaining what goes into a file definition, it is important that you understand the concept of a LANSA file definition and how this relates to the IBM i concept of a file definition.

A 'file' is a normal IBM i database file, in which records can be retrieved, added, changed or deleted.

To create a file, LANSA uses a file definition. In IBM I terms, a file definition contains:

LANSA's file definitions include:

As well, the LANSA file definition can also contain a number of LANSA file features, such as:

For more details about LANSA file definitions refer to the section What is a File and What is a File Definition? in the LANSA for i User Guide.