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Application Generator for a Personal Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060201D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Corbin, CA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This package provides an IBM Personal Computer (PC) user with the ability to create applications such as check reconciliation, accounts payable, menu preparation, etc., using this application generator package rather than having to buy each application package separately. This package consists of two programs for use in Personal Computer 1. The screen generator program 2 permits a user to design display screens for a particular application. Screen design consists of keying onto a blank 24 X 80 display screen indicating data fields and special symbols representing the location of variable data fields (analogous to the 3270 attribute byte concept). Fields can be defined with the characteristics of high, normal, or dark intensity; alphanumeric or numeric; protected or unprotected.

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Application Generator for a Personal Computer

This package provides an IBM Personal Computer (PC) user with the ability to create applications such as check reconciliation, accounts payable, menu preparation, etc., using this application generator package rather than having to buy each application package separately. This package consists of two programs for use in Personal Computer 1. The screen generator program 2 permits a user to design display screens for a particular application. Screen design consists of keying onto a blank 24 X 80 display screen indicating data fields and special symbols representing the location of variable data fields (analogous to the 3270 attribute byte concept). Fields can be defined with the characteristics of high, normal, or dark intensity; alphanumeric or numeric; protected or unprotected. The completed screen layout is stored in a Screen Images File 4 which can hold approximately 110 screen layouts on one diskette. The Screen Processor Program 3 (a dialog manager) is responsible for selecting a designated screen layout from the Screen Images File 4, merging the appropriate variable data, and displaying the results on the PC display screen. The user can add, change, or delete the variable data fields. These are subsequently stored back into a Data Records File 5 maintained on a second diskette which can hold about 300 to 700 data records, depending upon the amount of data to be stored from any one display screen. The screen selec...