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Paperless Reporting and Information Distribution for Engineering

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039926D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bebar, JA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Paperless Reporting and Information Distribution for Engineering (PRIDE) is a system that runs on IBM's Virtual Machine (VM) Operating System and is written in the REXX language. Its main purpose is to make programs, data, graphs, reports, etc., that are created in different programming languages accessible to users from a single friendly online menu. Another important feature is that the maintenance of PRIDE merely involves updating a table and, therefore, does not require any programming experience. The PRIDE menu is created automatically from a table which is just a Conversational Monitor System (CMS) fixed-length file that resides on the same disk as the PRIDE program.

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Paperless Reporting and Information Distribution for Engineering

Paperless Reporting and Information Distribution for Engineering (PRIDE) is a system that runs on IBM's Virtual Machine (VM) Operating System and is written in the REXX language. Its main purpose is to make programs, data, graphs, reports, etc., that are created in different programming languages accessible to users from a single friendly online menu. Another important feature is that the maintenance of PRIDE merely involves updating a table and, therefore, does not require any programming experience. The PRIDE menu is created automatically from a table which is just a Conversational Monitor System (CMS) fixed-length file that resides on the same disk as the PRIDE program. Each line of the file contains the name of the person responsible for the application, a forty character description of the application, the command needed to execute it, and the date that it should be removed from the menu. This makes PRIDE extremely flexible and easy to maintain since the screens are not hard coded. Applications can easily be added, moved, or deleted from the menu just by editing the table. The application descriptions in the PRIDE table are displayed on the menu. Once a user makes a selection, the command to execute the application is automatically performed. The PRIDE program also has code in it that will do paging. For example, if there are five lines in the PRIDE table, then one screen with these five items would be displayed. If there were twenty items, then two screens of selections would automatically be created. The number of screens is unlimited. Whenever there is more than one, PF7 and PF8 key options appear on the bottom of the screen, allowing a user to scroll back and forth. Most of the applications within PRIDE contain their own help screens; however, the PRIDE program itself provides a unique type of help. By hitting PF1, a list of the applications currently available on PRIDE along with the name of the person responsible for each one are displayed. This way if a user has a question about data, the user can contact the appropriate person directly. This saves time for both the user as well as the person maintaining the PRIDE table. Another innovative feature of PRIDE is the PRIDE Submission Form which gives users the ability to get their own applications on PRIDE for others to view. By hitting PF2, a copy of the submission form is automatically sent to the user's sign-on.

The user must then enter his or her name, department, extension, a description of the application, the name(s) of the file(s), the...