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Abstraction of remote operating systems Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015157D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Disclosed is a method for presenting access to services and resources of a remote operating system, from a local integrated development environment (IDE). Typically, application development IDEs allow programmers to work with and manipulate local programming resources, such as local HTML, Java*, C, and C++ source files. This disclosure documents a consistent and extensible means of adding access to resources that are not on the same local workstation as the IDE. Abstracting the design for remote access, and authoring a harness framework for that abstraction, offers the ability to easily snap-in addition remote access capilities such that all remote access is consistent for the end user (programmer using the IDE) and such that there is re-use among the various snapped-in tools. Consider some of the many examples of disparate tools that require accessing a remote system, each of which can be found in today's programmer IDEs: A remote file system explorer, that possibly allows direct editing of remote source files A remote command shell, allowing users to enter commands locally that are executed remotely, with local error feedback A remote job or task monitor that allows submitting and trackings jobs or processes on a remote system A database administrator tool, that allows DBAs to design and work with databases on remote systems A remote debugger for debugging applications on a remote system A remote problem determination tool that monitors applications as they run, directing filterable messages back to the local tool A tool specialized for working with a particular remote resource, such a message queues, user profiles, message files, etc. This is just a sample of the many unique tools that exist for accessing and working with remote system resources. This disclosure offers an abstraction that each of these can be mapped to. Some things common to two or more tools in any such list are: