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%INC5%CICS Web Interface - Generic Converter Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013080D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12

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Jim Hollingsworth


%INC5%CICS Web Interface Generic Converter This invention concerns the development of unique new software that can be used to dramatically cut the development cycle for Web enabling mainframe applications running in a CICS environment. Most mainframe customers have CICS installed. The CICS Web Interface enables customers to Web enable their applications directly from CICS. Customers are required to develop a "converter" program that provides the Web browser presentation (HTML) by inserting information, supplied from the customer's business applications, into HTML templates. A customer would normally develop an individual converter "Application Specific Converter" for each business application program. The "Generic Converter" solution, comprised of 2 programs, takes this idea one step higher. This single converter can be used in place of all other application specific converters. The customer, quickly and simply, describes the data format of the business application program by using the "Application Table Entry" program.