User guide to the JBA System21 application on the AS400

Back in the early nineties, I worked for a software house in Chertsey (Surrey, UK) called JBA. Fun times in my formative AS400/RPG programming years. The days were filled with blue suits, typing on clunky terminals, racing around in convertible company cars, yearning to be a yuppy and boozy Friday lunchtimes. Ahhh The halcyon days of my AS400 youth 🙂

I just found this old JBA User awareness document and it might be worth posting just in case its useful to somebody out there:

Getting Around in the JBA System

jba - User guide to the JBA System21 application on the AS400Take a few minutes to get acquainted with how the JBA System looks and acts. The time that you spend familiarizing yourself with key features will pay off in a short amount of time, as you become more proficient at using the system.
The JBA System is a Windows-based system. The use of pull down menus and function keys is consistent with other Windows based applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.

A. Screen Layout
The JBA screen has several important areas. The following screen layout is used consistently throughout the application.
1. Menu Bar
2. Menu Code
3. Option Field
4. Command Line/Status Bar

Take a minute to scan the following screen descriptions. Then refer to the diagram on the next page to locate each area on the screen.

1. Menu Bar
The top line of your screen is called the Menu Bar. It consists of the following pull down menus: File, Edit, Transfer, Appearance, Communication, Assist, Window and Help. Each pull down menu contains several options. Even though a menu bar is provided, you can access and use all system features from your keyboard. For more on moving through the system using keyboard commands, see Section III, Moving Around the JBA System.
2. Menu Code
All menu screens are assigned a menu code, such as ‘EMM’ for the Production Main Menu or ‘MJR’ for Production Performance Reports. The menu code can be found below the menu bar on the left side of the screen. See the diagram on the next page. In the next section, we’ll explore how menu codes can help you become an expert JBA System user.
3. Option Field
The JBA System features two types of screens: menus and task screens. While both types look similar, menu screens always provide an Option field near the bottom. The Option field is used to select tasks from the menu. We will talk more about the Option field later in this chapter, when we explore moving around the system.

4. Command Line/Status Bar
The Command Line also functions as a Status Bar. The Command Line/Status Bar can be found in the lower part of the screen. See the diagram below….. [more]…

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