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Application Programming Interface for the Redirection of the Asynchronous Communications Device Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110291D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Stephenson, QH: AUTHOR

Abstract

An application programming interface is disclosed that provides for the redirection of the Asynchronous Communications Device Interface (ACDI). Prior to the existence of this Application Programming Interface (API), the only means by which a user could redirect ACDI was a command line interface. The disclosed API enables programmers to develop user interfaces other than a command line interface.

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Application Programming Interface for the Redirection of the Asynchronous Communications Device Interface

       An application programming interface is disclosed that
provides for the redirection of the Asynchronous Communications
Device Interface (ACDI).  Prior to the existence of this Application
Programming Interface (API), the only means by which a user could
redirect ACDI was a command line interface.  The disclosed API
enables programmers to develop user interfaces other than a command
line interface.

      ACDI is an API in the Communications Manager portion of IBM
OS/2* Extended Services.  Programmers can use ACDI to develop
programs for doing asynchronous communications.  A user would
typically do asynchronous communications using a serial port on a
stand-alone workstation.  However, if a workstation is attached to a
Local Area Network (LAN) and the LAN contains a Local Area Network
Asynchronous Connection Server (LANACS), then a user could redirect
ACDI across the LAN, such that asynchronous communication is
performed using a serial port on the LANACS.  This arrangement allows
users on a LAN to share serial ports.

      A user can redirect ACDI by using the REDIRECT command at a
command line prompt.  However, the ACDI Redirection API enables
application programmers to develop user interfaces other than a
command line interface.  A graphical user interface could be
developed for redirecting ACDI.  An application programmer could
integrate A...