JOB LINKAGES AND PROGRAM STRINGS.
ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y
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A new technique for the communication of control and data between computer programs is described. This technique, called the PROGRAM STRING, provides a general way by which independent programs may be dynamically linked together during their execution to do specific jobs. Presented in this paper is a description of the basic concepts, component elements, formation process, linkage mechanism and control philosophy for the execution of PROGRAM STRINGS. An essential feature of the PROGRAM STRING concept is the introduction of BUFFER FILES between all programs to be linked. The BUFFER FILES essentially isolate the programs from each other and enable them to be operated completely asynchronously and independently of each other. The operation of the different programs is controlled by regulating the data flow between the programs at the BUFFER FILES. The automatic linking mechanism required that inputs and outputs for each program by symbolically referenced and their specifications be explicitly defined. Author
- Computer Programming and Software