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Application Programming Interfaces for Managing User Desktop Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106106D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Callaway, JR: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for managing LAN Server applications on a user's desktop.

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Application Programming Interfaces for Managing User Desktop Applications

      Disclosed is a method for managing LAN Server applications on a
user's desktop.

      In LAN Server, applications can be defined which can be shared
by many users across the network.  These applications fall into one
of two categories:  public applications or private applications.
After an application has been defined, it can be added to the Public
Applications folder or the Private Applications folder on the user's
desktop.

      Applications are added to folders ("selectors") by LAN Server
at logon time.  Information about the applications to be added to the
selectors is obtained from database files that reside on the domain
controller.

      Two Application Program Interfaces (APIs), NetUserGetAppSel and
NetUserSetAppSel, were created to allow programmatic modification of
the application selector database files.  This provides users with
the option of writing simple applications that can change the
database files as an alternative to using the full-screen interface.

      The NetUserGetAppSel function returns a list of applications to
be added to the desktop folders plus the applications' types.  Before
the NetUserGetAppSel function was available, multiple calls across
the network had to be made to determine each application's type.

      Also, the NetUserGetAppSel function allows the user to specify
the type of application for which information is to be retr...