A Component Library Management System and Browser
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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This report describes a component library management system implemented with the OCT database management system. The library manager consists of a browser which enables the user to search through component lists with the help of a friendly graphical user interface. Although commercial library browsing tools exist such as Cahners Computer-Aided Product Selection CAPS, these tools do not provide access to computer-sensible or computer- processable data. This management tool will be linked to FAST an ARPA-sponsored electronic parts broker procurement data, so the tool will not only be able to automatically utilize FAST procurement history data but also the designers can automatically generate electronic orders for parts and components to FAST. In this report we describe the development of such a tool. First we discuss the trade-offs of relational database systems and object oriented database systems. Next we present the use of OCT in our implementation and describe our flexible and extensible browser datastructure. Finally, we identify the limitations of the current implementation and propose some possible solutions and future work.
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