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Automatically Generating Documents Relating to Jobs to be Performed by a Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079706D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Goussin, M: AUTHOR

Abstract

This method uses the Job Control Language (JCL) of a job to execute a program which generates a set of diagrams representing, for each step, the input and output data sets together with their names, the associated physical media, and their links with other data sets.

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Automatically Generating Documents Relating to Jobs to be Performed by a Computer

This method uses the Job Control Language (JCL) of a job to execute a program which generates a set of diagrams representing, for each step, the input and output data sets together with their names, the associated physical media, and their links with other data sets.

The forecasting and control of the execution of a job requires a set of detailed documents. Until now, such documents have been produced manually by specialists; this manual process, in addition to being time-consuming, entails considerable difficulty in performing the updating which is frequently required.

The above problems can be overcome by using the automatic method described herein. In this method, a utility program uses the information contained in the JCL and relating to: - The various steps and the name of the program corresponding to each step; - The storage space occupied by the program; - The names and sizes of the data sets together with the associated storage media; and - The availability of the data sets (old data sets being read, new data sets being created, catalogued data sets, data sets

transmitted to a subsequent step, etc.).

Fig. 1 represents the algorithms of the utility program. Fig. 2 represents (in reduced size) the general format of a page of the document generated by this program, each page corresponding to two steps of the job.

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