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User Interface for Scripts in an OO Visual Builder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112248D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coskun, N: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In an object oriented builder, the user interface to select or implement a method on a class is usually well defined. However, subclassing is often overkill for simple tasks, such as beeping when a menu selection is chosen. For these problems, it is better to attach a simple script to an *object* instead of a class.

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User Interface for Scripts in an OO Visual Builder

      In an object oriented builder, the user interface to select or
implement a method on a class is usually well defined.  However,
subclassing is often overkill for simple tasks, such as beeping when
a menu selection is chosen.  For these problems, it is better to
attach a simple script to an *object* instead of a class.

This has been done before, but the user interface frequently
overwhelms the user.

      Wherever a list of methods associated with an OBJECT is
presented, also present a list of named scripts, as well as a list
element called "New script".  This way, scripts can be treated
exactly like methods, though they are not true methods.  In addition,
the user can choose to create a script  "on the fly" if the current
list of methods and scripts are not adequate.