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HOSTLINK

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036565D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Symons, RI: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention relates to a method for remote invocation of a first computer (host) from a second computer (PC) having dialog resources and coupling the first computer over a dedicated path. The dialog resources include a keyboard and display. The second computer has resident therein an invocation routine. The method comprises the steps of (a) selecting one of the set of prestored scenario files responsive to a keystroke entry at the second computer; and (b) executing at the second computer the selected scenario file, including communicating to the first computer and causing activation of a resident invocation routine therein. Parenthetically, the selected scenario file is executed one statement at a time and simulates the first computer's invocation activities.

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HOSTLINK

This invention relates to a method for remote invocation of a first computer (host) from a second computer (PC) having dialog resources and coupling the first computer over a dedicated path. The dialog resources include a keyboard and display. The second computer has resident therein an invocation routine. The method comprises the steps of (a) selecting one of the set of prestored scenario files responsive to a keystroke entry at the second computer; and (b) executing at the second computer the selected scenario file, including communicating to the first computer and causing activation of a resident invocation routine therein. Parenthetically, the selected scenario file is executed one statement at a time and simulates the first computer's invocation activities.

Disclosed is a personal computer (PC) program that allows a user to define a sequence of activities for the PC to control a host (VM or MVS) process.

The PC can become an intelligent workstation for the user who has to perform redundant host operations, such as logging on to the host. HostLink uses a High-level Language Application Program Interface (HLLAPI) to send requested keystrokes, including special function keys, to the host and read the contents of the host screen.

Special features of HostLink include the following: User messages, command names, and special control constants are located in a scenario file that is modifiable by the user and selectable by the user at execution time. For national language use, the scenario file selection can be selected by the user by the use of the PC country definition. The user selection of the command file a...