Record a Task

A task is a sequence of transactions that perform a particular job.

To record a task
  1. From the Task Builder Guide or Task menu, choose New Task.

    The New Task dialog box displays.

  2. Name the task and select a starting point for recording.
    To start recording
    Then
    At the initial host screen You can mark your task as a login task. This makes the task available as a login task when you configure session pools in MCS.
    At the end of an existing task The existing task becomes your new task's parent. When you start recording this new task, Task Builder automatically navigates to the endpoint of the parent task.

    When you use an existing task for the starting point of a new task, the Input Confirmation dialog box displays. Verify that the task inputs are valid for your new task.

    Task names cannot contain spaces; they can contain only the following characters: letters, numbers, the underscore (_), and the dollar sign ($). Also, do not use any of the reserved words listed in the Reference section.

  3. Click OK.

  4. From the Task Builder Guide or Task menu, choose Start Recording Task.

    The Live Screen will now accept and record input.

  5. Navigate to the host screens needed to build your task. As you move through the screens, task steps are automatically recorded in the Task Steps pane.

    A task step consists of the screen and associated inputs and outputs that define the runtime interaction between that screen and a task at a particular point in a task. A step also includes instructions for proceeding to the next step.

    Caution When, in the course of recording a task, user id or password fields are recorded, the data contained in those fields is not encrypted and is saved in the NavMap.

    If you make a mistake, you can cancel recording this task (from the Task menu, choose Cancel Recording). Your task and steps are cleared but you will still have to navigate back to the initial host screen before you can start again.

  6. When you have finished recording the necessary steps to build your task, choose Mark Task Endpoint on the Task Builder Guide or from the Task menu.

  7. Navigate back to the beginning of your task.

    A complete task consists of the transactions performed and the information retrieved. The task is "complete" when the task endpoint has been reached and is marked. While you must navigate back to the beginning of your task, this "resetting" of the task should not contain any host interaction or perform any transactions.

  8. At the initial screen, choose Stop Recording.

  9. Save your project.

    Project names cannot contain spaces; they can contain only the following characters: letters, numbers, the underscore (_), and the dollar sign ($). Also, do not use any of the reserved words listed in the Reference section.

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