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Program for Implementing Algorithms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061809D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gresham, DL: AUTHOR

Abstract

This program enables a user to define and implement complex formulas without the need to program the formulas using program code. In the example given in this article, the user may define a first operand, operation and a second operand, e.g., X + Y = result. Simple formulas may be linked together to form a complex formula by using the output of a first formula as a first or second operand value. The example shown above relates to an accounting function. The sequence ID of the record is entered either by the user or by the computer. The user enters a value in the first Operand, which may be an account number, a work field ID, a sequence ID or blank. The user also enters a value in the Operation Calc Method field which specifies the kind of arithmetic operation desired, such as A for Add, S for Subtract, M for Multiply, etc.

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Program for Implementing Algorithms

This program enables a user to define and implement complex formulas without the need to program the formulas using program code. In the example given in this article, the user may define a first operand, operation and a second operand, e.g., X + Y = result. Simple formulas may be linked together to form a complex formula by using the output of a first formula as a first or second operand value. The example shown above relates to an accounting function. The sequence ID of the record is entered either by the user or by the computer. The user enters a value in the first Operand, which may be an account number, a work field ID, a sequence ID or blank. The user also enters a value in the Operation Calc Method field which specifies the kind of arithmetic operation desired, such as A for Add, S for Subtract, M for Multiply, etc. The second Operand may have one of the same parameters as discussed with respect to the first Operand or a constant amount. The other significant entries are the Sequence ID and the Constant Amount. The user types in the number that identifies the Sequence ID of an earlier factor, which is the way factors are chained together. If any other values are entered in the first Operand, the Sequence ID field is left blank. In the Constant Amount field the user may type in the value desired as the constant for the second Operand. For example, the user may want to increase a budget amount by $1,000 for all accounts be...