Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
This article describes a technique for associating a sequential queue of single items with an ordered list of multiple items. When trying to associate one or more messages with a specific record in a sequential list of records, a technique is required to determine from a record whether a message had been created for it, and, if so, how many messages were created for it. Once the determination is made that a message or messages existed for the record, a method of finding the message(s) in a list of messages is also required. This list association technique solves both problems. Each record that may be associated with one or more other records of a different type contains a key which actually consists of two counters (primary and secondary). The key is initialized to zero.