Natural SPoD Frequently Asked Questions

This document contains frequently asked questions regarding Natural Single Point of Development.

Which versions of Natural and the related products are required to use the full set of Natural Studio functionality?

For creating and operating a Natural remote development environment, or for using additional SPoD functionality, the products as described under (Empower login required) are required.

Can Natural objects of previous versions be used in a SPoD environment?

Yes, Natural objects of previous versions can be used in a SPoD environment without migration.

Do I need Predict?

No, although the SPoD approach requires a development server file which is a central Natural system file structured like the FDIC file. This does not mean that Predict is a prerequisite for remote development, although Predict supports the SPoD application concept. Predict is needed to use the XRef functionality, the object description and/or the schema generation functionality.

Can I use Predict Case in a SPoD environment?

Predict Case (PCA) has not been integrated into the SPoD concept. With Natural Studio, it can be invoked like any other mainframe Natural application via the terminal emulation feature of the remote development environment. However, Predict Case objects will not appear in the remote development tree view.

What is the difference between the SPoD application concept and the earlier application shell concept in Natural for Windows?

The earlier Natural application shell was used with the frame gallery for developing, administering, and monitoring application solutions. Together, they provided an infrastructure in which numerous standards were defined and were implemented in the form of reuseable components, such as dialogs and procedures.

The application concept introduced with Natural Single Point of Development is intended to address the structure of customer solutions so as to get a new logical view on the solution which is not limited by the boundaries of the Natural libraries.