Data File Editor
Create a Structure File
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  Introduction
  Open an Existing Net Express Project
  Create a Structure File
  Step 1, Select the Record Definition
  Step 2, Choose the Record Layout Type
  Step 3, Create the Record Layout
  Step 4, Save the Structure File
  Step 5, Specify the Save Location
  Step 6, Finish the Structure File Create
  View Records, use the Structure File
  Summary
  Software Agreement and Disclaimer
  Downloads and Links
  Current Server or Internet Access
  Internet Access Required
  Glossary of Terms
  Comments or Feedback
  Company Overview

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Micro Focus Mainframe Express and Net Express have a Data File Editor that may be used to view or edit Sequential or Indexed files. One of the features of the Data File Editor is to map the records in the file to a record layout definition that is included in a structure file (filename.STR).

The purpose of this document is to show how to create a structure file from a record layout that is defined in a COBOL copy file or COBOL source member.

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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Open an Existing Net Express Project

Refer to the documentation for Opening an Existing Net Express Project to prepare for creating a structure file.

After opening a Net Express project the following window should be displayed.

 

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From the following screen prepare to create a structure file.

1. Highlight the COBOL program ITME2AR1.CBL that contains the record definition in its WORKING-STORAGE or LINKAGE section.
2. Click on the right mouse button to display the popup window and select "Create record layout".

The following screen should be displayed.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 1, Select the Record Definition

From the following screen select the line of source code in the program that defines the record layout.

1. Use the vertical scroll bar to position the information in the window pane.
2. The 01 ITEM-RECORD in the LINKAGE SECTION contains the record definition or record layout.
Note: To expand items click on the box that contains the "+" or "-".
3. Using the left mouse button click-and-hold the "01 ITEM-RECORD" item and drag it over to the right window pane and release the mouse button.

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The following screen should be displayed.

1. This example only requires the "Default Layout".
2. Click on the "Next" button.

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The following screen should be displayed.

1. Notice the Record Layout Type is "Default".
2. Click on the "Finish" button.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 4, Save the Structure File

The following screen should be displayed.

1. To expand items click on the box that contains the "+" or "-".
2. Click on the "File" item from the Toolbar .
3. Click on the "Save" item from the Drop-Down list.

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The following screen should be displayed.

1. Select the directory where the structure file will be stored.
2. The "Recent folders" item will display the full path name of where the structure file will be stored.
3. Type the name of the structure file (ItemMast.STR)
4. Press the "Save" button.

Note:  If the structure file is stored in the same directory as the data file and given the same name as the data file (with a .STR extension) then the structure file will be loaded automatically by the Micro Focus Data File Editor.

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The following screen should be displayed.

1. Click on the "File" item from the Toolbar.
2. Click on the "Close" item from the Drop-Down list.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section View Records, use the Structure File

Refer to the documentation for Viewing Records using the Structure File with the Micro Focus Data File Editor.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Summary

The purpose of this document is to show how to create a structure file that may be used by the Micro Focus Data File Editor to view a file and map the records to a data structure defined in a COBOL copy file or source member.

Also, this document may be used to assist as a tutorial for new programmers or as a quick reference for experienced programmers. In the world of programming there are many ways to solve a problem. This document and the links to other documents are intended to provide a choice of alternatives.

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