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User-Friendly Interface for Applying Specific Levels of Coordinated Updates to Software in the Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034580D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Killebrew, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a user interface via an IBM Systems Application Architecture display panel that permits the operator to easily specify which updates to apply to the various code groupings of a particular program. The panel shown in the figure is displayed with the number of the highest available sequentially numbered update for each code grouping. The operator has the option to reduce the update number for any of the code groupings. This is the user-friendly interface to an advanced utility program that tracks and sequentially applies software modifications to the operator's installed program. Updates are machine-readable instructions for patching code, or they are the replacements of entire program files.

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User-Friendly Interface for Applying Specific Levels of Coordinated Updates to Software in the Field

Disclosed is a user interface via an IBM Systems Application Architecture display panel that permits the operator to easily specify which updates to apply to the various code groupings of a particular program. The panel shown in the figure is displayed with the number of the highest available sequentially numbered update for each code grouping. The operator has the option to reduce the update number for any of the code groupings. This is the user-friendly interface to an advanced utility program that tracks and sequentially applies software modifications to the operator's installed program. Updates are machine- readable instructions for patching code, or they are the replacements of entire program files. Updates are created by the manufacturer to correct errors or to make enhancements in a program that the customer has already purchased. The updates for each of the code groupings are sequentially numbered beginning with one. The panel is initially displayed with the number of the highest update available for each of the code groupings. An update number of zero indicates that no updates are available in the system that can be applied to that particular code grouping. The operator may simply select Enter with a pointing device or press the Enter key to indicate that all of the available updates should be applied. Otherwise, the operator can easily reduce the update...