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Test Facility for Netview Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112782D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 136K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lunn, S: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a test facility for NetView* which allows Commands and CLISTS to be tested in a live environment on a protected production system rather than a test system. It is more flexible than an Automated Operation Control (AOC/MVS) solution.

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Test Facility for Netview Applications

      Disclosed is a test facility for NetView* which allows Commands
and CLISTS to be tested in a live environment on a protected
production system rather than a test system.  It is more flexible
than an Automated Operation Control (AOC/MVS) solution.

      Fully testing new NetView applications currently involves the
use of test systems, or separate copies of NetView.  Such approaches
suffer because the tested commands and/or  command lists (CLISTs) are
not tested on actual running system; message traffic and the
environment must be simulated in most cases.  The existing Assist
facility of Automated Operation Control** (AOC/MVS) allows the
installation to identify specific actions against its controlled
subsystems that are to set to assist mode.  When these actions are
triggered, they may be routed to the automatic operator for
verification; or they may cause their actions to be logged to the
NetView log.

      The advantages of this proposed NetView Test Facility (NTF) are
that AOC only allows the high-level CLIST that is indicated to be
verified.  NTF allows the verification to be done at a more granular
level by identifying the individual low-level NetView commands and
even specific operands of these to be selected for verification.
Whereas NTF allows testing to be done on parts of the overall
automation application that are not implemented using AOC facilities.
Many installations either write complete automation applications
using only NetView facilities or they complement AOC applications
with code that operates with basic NetView facilities.  NTF allows
operator commands to be tested and permits the user to specify
whether an intercepted command should be executed.

      The invention (NTF) is a set of NetView command processors,
CLISTs and NetView exits that allow an installation to build a test
facility on a running NetView system.  It allows a logged-on user to
set himself into a test mode.   While in test mode, the execution of
specified commands in that task is intercepted and control given to
NTF processes.  Two mutually-exclusive options exist.  When the
DISPLAY option is selected, the command is presented to the logged-on
user who may then choose to allow execution to continue, or to
disallow it.  In both cases the rest of the tested CLIST is allowed
to continue.  When the LOG option is selected, the command is written
to the NetView log (NETLOG).  A further option indicates whether the
command should be executed.  The intercepted command may be either a
command processor or a CLIST, and it may be executed by operator
input, as a result of an automation table entry, or by a timer event.
Commands executing in an autotask may also be intercepted, but the
DISPLAY operation is not valid.

NTF is driven by a full-screen NetView interface.  From this, the
user may:

o   Set test mode on and off for the logged-on user.

o   Identify whether test mode is set....