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Interaction with Data Explorer in Script Mode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105594D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bird, CL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Packaged applications operating with the IBM AIX Visualization Data Explorer/6000 (Data Explorer DX)* in script mode do not have direct interaction. Disclosed is a method to provide a MOTIF interface to the Data Explorer that can be tailored by the writer/programmer for a specific application area. The user is thus screened from the interaction complexities of visualization server processors. Although simple to implement it has the look and feel of the users own application rather than the underlying product.

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Interaction with Data Explorer in Script Mode

      Packaged applications operating with the IBM AIX Visualization
Data Explorer/6000 (Data Explorer DX)* in script mode do not have
direct interaction.  Disclosed is a method to provide a MOTIF
interface to the Data Explorer that can be tailored by the
writer/programmer for a specific application area.  The user is thus
screened from the interaction complexities of visualization server
processors.  Although simple to implement it has the look and feel of
the users own application rather than the underlying product.

      A goal of visualization applications is that they should be
usable by a professional in a non-computing discipline with little or
no awareness of the underlying function.  They should be able to
request a result without being concerned with how it is achieved.
This does not preclude interaction with the packaged application.
The professional user will have specific knowledge about his
application which he can represent as numbers and/or keywords
expecting the application to respond to changes in these values.

      The IBM Data Explorer DX has several modes of operation, one of
which, script mode, appears particularly suited to concealing the
underlying function of packaged applications.  The latter are
presented to the user as pre-written script files which are simply
run by DX to produce the required image.  The problem then occurs
that the interactor control panels are not available, which means
that the user must either edit the script or interact directly with
the DX commandline.

      The solution is to run DX (in its script mode) as a child
process of another 'C' program which can accept user interaction via
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