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Extraction and Merging in Pc-Host Processing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034625D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Decker, SR: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes the facility provided in the Professional Work Manager (PWM) product to share procedures (called Activities) for PC-Host interactions. The method of extracting Activities is as important as the advantage of being able to share centrally created Activities. The ability to extract Activities and merge them into another user's set saves the time needed to develop Activities individually. It also standardizes interfaces between all workstations and their interaction with Host products and systems. Activities in PWM comprise a set of commands that simulate a user's interaction with the Host. Exceptions are conditions that may occur on the Host that inhibit the continued processing of an Activity.

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Extraction and Merging in Pc-Host Processing

This article describes the facility provided in the Professional Work Manager (PWM) product to share procedures (called Activities) for PC-Host interactions. The method of extracting Activities is as important as the advantage of being able to share centrally created Activities. The ability to extract Activities and merge them into another user's set saves the time needed to develop Activities individually. It also standardizes interfaces between all workstations and their interaction with Host products and systems. Activities in PWM comprise a set of commands that simulate a user's interaction with the Host. Exceptions are conditions that may occur on the Host that inhibit the continued processing of an Activity. Activities and Exceptions can be extracted from PC files that hold them and distributed to other users who then merge them with their own sets of Activities and Exceptions. The methods that accomplish these functions are unique to PWM. The process begins when a window opens on the PC screen. All the Activities or Exceptions available are shown in the format used for editing them. The words "NO EXTRACT" or "NO MERGE" appear immediately to the right of each Activity or Exception. The user may then use function keys to alter the conditions to "EXTRACT" or "MERGE" either for the entire list or for individual members of the list. Once the conditions have been changed, another function key starts the processing. Pr...