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Issue 2 • 1988

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  • Preface

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):88 - 89
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    The Personal System/2 (PS/2), Operating System/2 (OS/2), and Advanced Function Printing were each designed to make the benefits of substantial advances in hardware technologies more available for customer applications. This issue of the IBM Systems Journal presents insights into these products, their development, and their problem-solving capabilities. View full abstract»

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  • The design of Operating System/2

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):90 - 104
    Cited by:  Patents (9)
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    The design of Operating System/2™ (OS/2™) is a result of matching the requirements of IBM and its customers for a new operating system for various models of the Personal System/2® with the need for continuity with a very large body of established DOS applications. The design of OS/2 represented a significant challenge both in meeting these requirements and in making efficient ... View full abstract»

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  • OS/2 EE Database Manager overview and technical highlights

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):105 - 118
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (4)
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    Structured Query Language (SQL) has become an industry standard. It is supported by mainframe products. This paper describes the OS/2 EE Database Manager, which is based on the relational database model of E. F. Codd and on the SQL query language. A functional overview of the OS/2 EE Database Manager and OS/2 EE is provided; technology applied to different areas is highlighted. View full abstract»

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  • OS/2 Query Manager overview and prompted interface

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):119 - 133
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Operating System/2™ (OS/2™) Query Manager provides a user interface for both novice and sophisticated database users of the OS/2 Database Services. It offers defaults and standard options for the novice user. Prompting provides access to the database without requiring extensive knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL), yet it also allows the advanced user to completely customize ... View full abstract»

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  • Writing an Operating System/2 application

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):134 - 157
    Cited by:  Patents (5)
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    This paper illustrates use of the key facilities of Operating System/2™ (OS/2™). It provides some guidance on how to use the interfaces and functions implemented by the system and then introduces the program development environment. Two examples demonstrate the use of some of the more interesting capabilities. The paper discusses many of the significant differences between the functi... View full abstract»

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  • COBOL/2: The next generation in applications programming

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):158 - 169
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    IBM COBOL/2 is a new compiler and debugger system for the Personal System/2® product range developed by Micro Focus Group PLC of the United Kingdom. In this paper, Robert Sales, a software development manager for Micro Focus who was instrumental in creating the COBOL/2 system, describes how COBOL/2 breaks new ground in providing support for many disparate COBOL language dialects and standar... View full abstract»

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  • Understanding device drivers in Operating System/2

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):170 - 184
    Cited by:  Patents (2)
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    To meet its design goals for multitasking, Operating System/2™ requires a device driver architecture for interrupt-driven device management. A device driver in OS/2™ is affected by the new architecture both in its structure and in its relationship to the system. An OS/2 device driver contains components, such as the Strategy Routine and Hardware Interrupt Handler, which have well-def... View full abstract»

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  • VGA—sign choices for a new video subsystem

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):185 - 197
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (3)
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    The VGA (Video Graphics Array) video subsystem is provided as standard on the system boards of the IBM Personal System/2® Models 50 and above. VGA was designed to meet the objectives set for these new systems and to support compatibility with older IBM offerings, while at the same time providing greater performance and increased function. The IBM Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) was chosen a... View full abstract»

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  • The Realtime Interface Co-Processor Multiport/2 adapter

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):198 - 205
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    The Realtime Interface Co-Processor Multiport/2 is a programmable, multifunction adapter that extends the processing capabilities of the Personal System/2® and provides a solution to applications with unique communications requirements. Customized for speed and flexibility, the Multiport/2 is fully programmable and supports asynchronous, byte-synchronous, and bit-synchronous protocols on it... View full abstract»

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  • An introduction to typographic fonts and digital font resources

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):206 - 218
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Type has evolved from blocks of wood or metal bearing the raised character shape to the many and varied digitized representations of the character that are available through computer system technology. Typography is the art or technique of composing printed material from type. The evolution of digital type into the computers of today has opened the door of typography to people who have had little ... View full abstract»

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  • Advanced Function Printing: A tutorial

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):219 - 233
    Cited by:  Patents (2)
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    Advanced Function Printing (AFP) is an IBM product for printing mixed text, image, and graphics in a system-printing environment. Described is the AFP printing model. We demonstrate the way in which this model is used for existing printing applications, enhanced line printing, and full advanced-function printing. View full abstract»

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  • Architectures of Advanced Function Printing

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):234 - 245
    Cited by:  Patents (11)
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    Discussed is the use of the capabilities of all-points-addressable laser (page) printers in applications involving pages composed of text, image, and vector data in a device-independent way. Also presented is the ability to describe and print complex documents composed of multiples of such pages. Provision is made for the migration of current line-printer applications to print using these new page... View full abstract»

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  • Books

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s): 246
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