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Saving System Configuration Data Using Interactive Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123506D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Price, HG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A typical complex system requires a significant amount of configuring by the user before it can be deployed in production or test systems. Usually such systems have:- - an interactive (eg GUI) interface - a programming interface

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Saving System Configuration Data Using Interactive Interface

   A typical complex system requires a significant amount of
configuring by the user before it can be deployed in production or
test systems.  Usually such systems have:-
   - an interactive (eg GUI) interface
   - a programming interface

   Either interface can be used to configure a system,
but they do have different characteristics.  The interactive
interface usually provides:-
   - a more intuitive route for the novice user to get started
   - a quick and easy way of making small changes to an existing
     configuration but is less effective when:-
   - the configuration is large, complex and repetitive
   - there is a need for better access to the configuration
     source:-
     - for the user to browse the configuration data
     - to spawn other similar configuration from an existing
       configuration data
     - for source backup of the configuration data.

   The programming interface complements this very
well.  While it demands a certain amount of pre-knowledge of the
user, it can be very effective in those areas mentioned above, where
the interactive interface is ineffective and cumbersome.

   The desirable characteristics of both interfaces can be
effectively combined by providing an option for the user to generate
a definition script file, representing the configuration, via the
interactive interface.  Typically this would be a program making
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