Natural ISPF is Software AG's application development tool and provides a full range of application programming and system programming facilities in any environment that includes Natural.
This documentation is intended for the user of Natural ISPF and contains a full description of the Natural ISPF user interface and features. For a description of additional programming facilities (Macro Facility, Incore Database, Open NSPF, Natural ISPF API), consult the Natural ISPF Programmer's Guide.
This documentation covers the following topics:
|Logging on||Describes how to log on to Natural ISPF and provides information about the online system: it introduces you to the Main Menu and explains the structure of system screens. A final subsection describes logoff procedures.|
|Command Logic||Explains Session Commands, Function Commands and Local Commands and their way of functioning.|
|Useful Features||Describes handling and navigational features, functional features and additional features in lists.|
|Common Objects||Explains all the functions you can perform on common objects, that is, objects available in all or any operating environment.|
|Profile Maintenance||With the profile maintenance facility, you can modify your user profile according to your personal requirements when working with Natural ISPF.|
|Editor||Provides an overview of Editor commands available in the Natural ISPF environment.|
|z/OS Objects||Provides information on all the functions you can perform on objects only available in a z/OS environment.|
|CA Panvalet Members||The Panvalet facility allows access to CA Panvalet members, which you can maintain using Natural ISPF functions.|
|CA Librarian Members||The Librarian facility allows access to CA Librarian members, which you can maintain using Natural ISPF functions.|
|z/VSE Objects||Explains all the functions you can perform on objects only available in a z/VSE environment.|
|BS2000 Objects||Describes all the functions you can perform on objects only available in a BS2000 environment.|
|Command Reference||Lists, explains and provides examples of all Natural ISPF session commands, function commands and local commands.|
|Keyword Parameters||Contains a list of all possible keywords and their synonyms that can be used as keyword parameters on Natural ISPF function commands.|
Natural ISPF object types are grouped according to their relevant operating environment: not all of these may be relevant to you, depending on the operating platform and subsystems installed at your site. For example, if the file management system CA Panvalet is not installed at your site, the section entitled CA Panvalet Members is not relevant to you.
This documentation contains a large volume of information, much of which
is illustrated by examples. Many examples of commands are contained in the
section that describes the various object types (for example
LIST), but other examples may appear elsewhere.
Additionally, the Examples Library supplied on the Natural ISPF installation medium contains example programs, macros and command scripts that may be useful to your work. To see an overview of these examples, simply issue the command:
from any Natural ISPF screen.