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    This sample shows how to create an Excel macro to enter data into a Reflection demo terminal session from an Excel spreadsheet.

    This sample applies only to IBM terminals

    To run this sample

    1. Create an Excel workbook and enter the following data into a sheet on the workbook, using the cells and rows shown below:

    2. On the Excel VBA Editor Tools menu, select References and then select the following Reflection Libraries:
    • Attachmate_Reflection_Objects
    • Attachmate_Reflection_Objects_Emulation_IbmHosts
    • Attachmate_Reflection_Objects_Framework
    1. Copy the following code into the Excel Sheet object code window and then run the PutDataIntoScreen macro.
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    Sub PutDataIntoScreen()
        'Declare an object variable for the Reflection object:
        Dim app As Attachmate_Reflection_Objects_Framework.ApplicationObject
        
        'Declare additional Reflection objects, such as frame, terminal, and view:
        Dim frame As Attachmate_Reflection_Objects.frame
        Dim terminal As Attachmate_Reflection_Objects_Emulation_IbmHosts.IbmTerminal
        Dim view As Attachmate_Reflection_Objects.view
        Dim screen As Attachmate_Reflection_Objects_Emulation_IbmHosts.ibmScreen
        
        'Declare a variables for the cell data, return code, and counter
        Dim cellData As String, project As String, group As String, projectType As String, member As String
        Dim rCode As ReturnCode
        Dim row As Integer
      
        'Assign the Application object to the object variable. The following code creates an instance of Reflection:
        Set app = New Attachmate_Reflection_Objects_Framework.ApplicationObject
      
        'wait until Reflection initializes
        Do While app.IsInitialized = False
            app.Wait 200
        Loop
      
        'Create controls to open and display the session document.
        Set frame = app.GetObject("Frame")
        Set terminal = app.CreateControl2("09E5A1B4-0BA6-4546-A27D-FE4762B7ACE1")
                               
        terminal.HostAddress = "demo:ibm3270.sim"
        Set view = frame.CreateView(terminal)
        frame.Visible = True
        'navigate to the screen you want to enter data into
        Set screen = terminal.screen
        rCode = screen.SendControlKey(ControlKeyCode_Transmit)
        rCode = screen.WaitForHostSettle(3000, 2000)
      
        rCode = screen.SendKeys("ISPF")
        rCode = screen.SendControlKey(ControlKeyCode_Transmit)
        rCode = screen.WaitForHostSettle(3000, 2000)
      
        rCode = screen.SendKeys("2")
        rCode = screen.SendControlKey(ControlKeyCode_Transmit)
        rCode = screen.WaitForHostSettle(3000, 2000)
      
        'Get text and copy it in row by row, starting at row 6
        row = 6
      
        'Loop through rows until an empty cell is encountered
        Do
           'Get the data from Excel
           project = Cells(row, 2).Value
           group = Cells(row, 3).Value
           projectType = Cells(row, 4).Value
           member = Cells(row, 5).Value
     
           'Put the data into the appropriate fields
           rCode = screen.PutText2(project, 5, 18)
           rCode = screen.PutText2(group, 6, 18)
           rCode = screen.PutText2(projectType, 7, 18)
           rCode = screen.PutText2(member, 8, 18)
    
           'Transmit the data to the host and wait for the screen to be ready for more input
           rCode = screen.PutText2("autoexec", 2, 15)
           rCode = screen.SendControlKey(ControlKeyCode_Transmit)
           rCode = screen.WaitForHostSettle(3000, 2000)
           rCode = screen.SendControlKey(ControlKeyCode_F3)
           rCode = screen.WaitForHostSettle(3000, 2000)
     
           'Increment the counter to the next row
           row = row + 1
        
           'Find out if the next row contains data
           cellData = Cells(row, 2).Value
        
       Loop While cellData <> ""
     
    End Sub
    

    Concepts

    This macro creates a new Reflection session as explained in Create a Session From a Microsoft Excel Macro. Then it navigates to the screen that has the data form as explained in Navigating Through Open Systems Sessions.

    For IBM sessions, another approach for screen navigation is to handle the NewScreenReady event for the new session. If you use this approach, you'll need to set up your macro for this event as shown in Using Reflection Events in Sessions Created at Runtime

    It assigns the values from the current row in the Excel spreadsheet to local variables and puts these values into the appropriate fields on the first screen, using the PutText2 method. After putting the values into the form, it enters the data in the program using the SendControlKey method. 

     

     

     

     

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