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Status Supervisor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109190D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Zijta, P: AUTHOR

Abstract

A software environment such as OS/2* on PS/2* is characterized by screen presentation within windows and the possibility to run several programs simultaneously (multi-tasking). However, in an average situation, the user communicates only with one program in one of the windows and only that program is active. Other programs in other windows are running as background task and the user is not aware of the status thereof.

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Status Supervisor

       A software environment such as OS/2* on PS/2* is
characterized by screen presentation within windows and the
possibility to run several programs simultaneously (multi-tasking).
However, in an average situation, the user communicates only with one
program in one of the windows and only that program is active.  Other
programs in other windows are running as background task and the user
is not aware of the status thereof.

      It is proposed to add a Status Supervisor Program (SSP) to the
multi-tasking/windows environment which program continuously keeps
watch over all running programs in all windows.  In particular, the
SSP detects if a program running in a background task is completed or
in a wait state and needs input from the operator.  The SSP informs
the operator in that case by sending a message through the screen.

      It is furthermore proposed to provide the SSP with a
programmable interface so that the running background task is able to
decide when and in what form a message has to be forwarded to the
operator and what data should be displayed on the screen.

      In particular in case programs are developed in a
multi-tasking/ windows environment many programs will be compiled in
various windows in the background or corrected by the developer to be
compiled again.  SSP eliminates the time-consuming procedure of
regularly checking all windows by the developer and provides a
message as soon as a compilation in one of...