3: Creating the Demonstration System Files

3.4.1 Using Toolkit

To display the Toolkit Menu, boot-up the system if you haven’t already done so, and make sure that your current working directory is the one that you want your application. (Note: While at the system prompt the current working directory may be determined by typing CD and pressing RETURN.) Once you have positioned yourself in the desired directory you are ready to create a database with toolkit.

Type toolkit and press RETURN.

This is a special type of screen called a parameter screen. Parameter screens allow you to enter information required to complete the current task. The fields in parameters screens accept data entered in a manner similar to that of data entry screens (see Chapter 2, Using the Demonstration Subscription System), except that parameter screens are always in ADD mode. After entering information in a parameter screen, you may store the information and proceed by pressing the STORE key <F5> or cancel the task by pressing the CANCEL key <F1> followed by X.

In this parameter screen, there are two fields that accept input. When the parameter screen appears, the cursor is in the first entry field; the field to the right of the question What is the name of the application?. Before entering the name of the application, consider what Toolkit allows as a valid application name. Toolkit limits the application name to 30 characters maximum. The first character must be alphabetic (A-Z or a-z). The name may not contain the certain characters including forward slash ( / ), back slash ( \ ), tilde (~), single quotation marks ( ‘ ), double quotation marks ( “ ), and asterisk ( * ). The name demo.smj is used as the application name throughout the Tutorial.

Type in the application name and press RETURN.

The cursor is now in the second field of the parameter screen. Type y or yes.

Press the STORE key <F5>.

Another parameter screen appears.

This parameter screen has only one field. Type y or yes. Then press the STORE key <F5>. A message appears:

Creating database ‘demo.smj’, please wait...

After a brief pause, the Toolkit Menu is displayed.