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A method is described which provides for passing variables to a panel to cause different data to appear on the panel and enhance user's ability to make decisions based on panel data.
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Use of Variables in Panels for Decision Support
A method is described which provides for passing variables to a panel to
cause different data to appear on the panel and enhance user's ability to make
decisions based on panel data.
A panel designer creates a panel to view or edit data from tables in the
database. This panel may be used in many different situations where the data
which appears on the panel is to vary based on some other data values. It is
desirable to be able to pass variables to the panel which will be used to retrieve
the data displayed on the panel or be displayed themselves on the panel.
In accordance with the new method, the panel designer is allowed to define
variables as fields on the panel. The variable fields are output only fields on the
panel. A value for the variable may be passed to the panel at runtime in two
ways. The runtime user may set the value of the variable in a pop-up window
that prompts for a value when the panel is run or the variable may be defined as
a database or computed field on one panel and be passed into another panel as
The variable may be defined as part of the initial search condition for
retrieving the set of data from the database to appear on the panel. For
example, if the user wants to see all the invoices for customer ABC Store, he
could set the variable CUSTOMER in a pop-up window prompt to ABC Store
when he starts to run the panel. Then, the initial search of the database would
look for rows wh...