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Predefined Data Stored in Source File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103248D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hargrove, DC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for storing specific types of data in a predefined data structure. This data can be used by runtime functions to identify information required to process application requests.

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Predefined Data Stored in Source File

      Disclosed is a method for storing specific types of data in a
predefined data structure.  This data can be used by runtime
functions to identify information required to process application
requests.

      There are three specific pieces of information that need to be
stored in the predefined data structure.  This information is static
and does not change when the application that uses the data structure
is executed.  The data structure is inserted into a source module of
the application, typically during a precompilation phase.

      The first piece of information is an eyecatcher field, which is
used to identify the type of data structure and can also be used for
diagnostic purposes.  This field typically contains character data
that identifies the commonly accepted name of the data structure.

      The second piece of information is a size field, which
identifies the length of the data structure.  This is required
because the data structure may change in size over time and it is
necessary to know the length of the particular data structure.  This
field typically contains binary data.

      The third piece of information is a creator field. This
information identifies the creator of the application that contains
the data structure.  This information is passed to the underlying
service as an identification token and is used to validate the
application's right to access resources managed by the underl...