User-Friendly Interface for Applying Specific Levels of Coordinated Updates to Software in the Field
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Disclosed is a user interface via an IBM Systems Application Architecture display panel that permits the operator to easily specify which updates to apply to the various code groupings of a particular program. The panel shown in the figure is displayed with the number of the highest available sequentially numbered update for each code grouping. The operator has the option to reduce the update number for any of the code groupings. This is the user-friendly interface to an advanced utility program that tracks and sequentially applies software modifications to the operator's installed program. Updates are machine-readable instructions for patching code, or they are the replacements of entire program files.