IBM Personal Application System/2 Version 3 and IBM Personal


Table of Contents

IBM Announcement Letter No. ZP93-0590 dated October 05, 1993.

  • Title
  • Program Number
  • Abstract
  • General Availability
  • Highlights
  • Description
  • Publications
  • Technical Information
  • Specified Operating Environment
  • Planning Information
  • Security, Auditability and Control
  • Ordering Information
  • Announcement Countries

  • IBM Announcement Letter No. ZP93-0590 dated October 05, 1993.


    See final section for details of availability and limitations.

    Title

    IBM Personal Application System/2 Version 3 and IBM Personal Application System Builder/2 Version 3 Availability

    Program Number

    5622-103    IBM Personal AS/2 V3
    5622-104    IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3
    

    Abstract

    Having successfully completed an Early Introduction Program, IBM Personal AS/2 V3 and IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 will be available on October 8, 1993.

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 provides multi-function, data analysis solutions for the business professional in an office environment, fully exploiting the advanced facilities of OS/2 Version 2, for example 32 bit, workplace shell, Drag/Drop and DDE. When installed on a PC, IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is able to operate across a LAN or WAN if connected. This provides access to a wide range of data on host systems and personal computers, including access to OS/2 Database Manager, DB2/2, OS/400 Database, SQL/DS, DB2 and heterogeneous data.

    Included in IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is an integrated set of functions:

    Users who develop solutions for others (builders) will benefit from the many functions in IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3. This product includes the capabilities of IBM Personal AS/2 Version 3 previously described, as well as prototyping and application creation features. These include:

    which are integrated, such that generated windows and menus can be dragged and dropped into the program editor. The code is automatically generated and added to the program. Likewise, existing IBM Personal AS V3 reports or charts can be dragged into the program, and the code automatically generated, allowing the user to adapt and extend the standard decision support facilities to meet advanced customer requirements.

    Applications and procedures developed with either IBM Personal Application System/2 Version 2 or IBM Personal Application System/DOS for Windows, will run in the IBM Personal AS/2 V3 environment.


    General Availability

    Planned General Availability Date is October 8, 1993.


    Highlights


    IBM Personal AS/2 V3

    1. Access to a wide variety of personal and enterprise data sources, such as OS/2 Database Manager, DB2/2 and via a Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) connection to OS/400 database, DB2, and SQL/DS. A connection via Application System to DB2, SQL/DS and heterogeneous data is also available.

    2. A powerful set of integrated, decision-making tools to access and analyze data, and present the results.

    3. Consistent user interface increases productivity by providing a common way of accessing different data sources.

    4. IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is fully integrated with OS/2 Version 2, exploiting both 32 bit and the workplace shell. This means that function such as drag/drop to OS/2 objects such as Folders, Printers and the Shredder is supported, use of the clipboard and Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) links can be established with other products running in the OS/2 environment.

    5. Integration with office systems will be provided, via support of Vendor Independent Messaging (VIM).

    6. IBM Personal AS Version supports parameterized variables in select rows and calculate columns expressions. This significantly increases the flexibility of re-using previouosly saved objects.

    7. The 5 Key column limit in Personal AS V2 has been increased to allow 16 keys. The length of column names has been increased to 20 characters.

    8. IBM Personal AS V3 includes support for Configuration, Installation and Distribution (CID). This allows the customer to install, delete and update the product in a non-interactive way.

    IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3


    Description

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is available as:

    IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 includes a single copy of IBM Personal AS/2 V3 and a single copy of the application development tools, which offer a powerful way to produce customized applications.

    Access to Enterprise Data

    Within any business, many sources of data are available to the end user or application developer. This data is likely to be in different places within the organization and in different environments. IBM Personal AS/2 V3 gives easy access to a wide variety of personal and enterprise data sources. IBM Personal AS/2 V3 can directly access OS/2 Database Manager and DB2/2. In addition, Distributed Relational Database Access (DRDA) is used to directly access DB2, SQL/DS, OS/400 Database and remote OS/2 relational data. Improved Worker Productivity

    A consistent user interface increases productivity by providing a common way of accessing different data sources. Data from different parts of the organization can be consolidated into a consistent presentation format. Users need to be educated in only one tool which provides a broad range of functions:

    In addition to providing comprehensive access to data, these functions have been designed to be as easy to use as possible, by exploiting the latest usability features within OS/2 V2; for instance, the table editor has the capability to be directly edited on a field by field basis, and when complete, can be dragged and dropped onto the report generator for automatic report generation. Within the report, extensive use of point and select is used. If a column heading is double clicked on, some attributes such as formatting, justification and color can be changed.

    Comprehensive, task oriented help facilities are included to guide the user to the right action.

    Investment protection

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is the follow-on product to IBM Personal Application System/2 Version 2. As such, applications and procedures developed with either Personal AS Version 2 or IBM Personal AS DOS for Windows, will run in the IBM Personal AS/2 V3 environment.

    For customers with Personal AS Version 2 who wish to run Version 3 as well, on the same machine, a facility is provided with Version 3 to protect their investment in the previous version.

    Creation of Integrated Solutions

    By using the application development features of IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 , customized solutions can be created that utilize the different components of IBM Personal AS/2 V3.

    Enabling New Applications

    By using the powerful application development functions within IBM Personal AS/2 V3 customized applications can be produced. For instance an application could simplify the collection of data from various sources within an organization and generate standard queries and reports. The strength of IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is that generated applications can incorporate the integrated business tools such as Chart, Report, and Table with little or no programming effort.

    Applications can be designed that map directly to current work practices; for example, a report on the screen could mimic the paper report currently used to perform the task, allowing it to be done on-line with the aid of IBM Personal AS/2 V3. This helps ensure that work practices are performed consistently and that data is accessed and collected in an accurate and reliable way.

    Users who develop solutions for others (builders) will benefit from the many functions in IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 , such as a window editor, menu editor, automatically generated standard blocks of code and compiler. In addition, facilities are provided for shared code libraries and for the use of the clipboard at the code block level, to enable the Builder to group objects in a window in order to edit them all simultaneously. A sample program debugger is included to further enhance user productivity.

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 includes a Graphical Procedure tool which will let users very simply, by dragging and dropping icons, generate a procedure which will execute a task over and over again. This will free the user to concentrate on tasks that are not repetitive in nature. These procedures can include tasks that are performed by other products that run in the OS/2 V2 environment.

    Integration With OS/2 Version 2

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 exploits the OS/2 workplace, so that objects within the product, such as charts, reports, tables and queries can be dragged and dropped onto each other, as well as onto OS/2 objects such as Printer, Shredder and Folder.

    Integration of Business Solutions

    The use of Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) enables IBM Personal AS/2 V3 objects or applications to interact with other active programs; for example: a range of cells from within a spreadsheet such as Lotus 123/G or Microsoft's Excel could be selected and a link established , which will generate a graph of the data within the chart function of IBM Personal AS/2 V3. If the data in the spreadsheet is changed, the chart will automatically be updated without user intervention.

    Support of the clipboard has been expanded so that charts, text, and data can be cut and pasted via the clipboard to other applications in a number of industry standard formats such as Text, PM Metafile, Bitmap, TIFF, GIF, PCX, DBF and DIF. Likewise text and data can be pasted from the clipboard into IBM Personal AS/2 V3. Images and graphics created with other PC applications can be incorporated into applications developed with IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3.

    OS/2 is IBM's key PC operating system, IBM Personal AS/2 V3 enables applications to be developed which will exploit the extensive function included within the operating system.

    The product will support Vendor Independent Messaging (VIM).

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 includes connectivity with Host Application System via the Common Programming Interface - Communications (CPI-C), which enables users to design an interface to host AS data without the need for an emulator. It is an efficient, flexible and open method of accessing host data. Note: to exploit this feature, Application System Version 3.2 is required. Application System Version 2 can be used via the SRPI interface.

    The Command object in IBM Personal AS/2 V3 gives client/server computing with Host AS. For instance Host AS can be used as a server for data reduction before a query is executed on the PC.


    Publications

    The following publications will be available through normal ordering channels immediately after general availability. To order, contact your IBM representative.
                                                     Order
          Title                                      Number
    ---------------------                            ------
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Installing and Supporting    SH45-5501
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Examples, Hints and Tips     SH45-5502
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Development Users Guide      SH45-5503
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Development Reference        SH45-5504
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Data Connections             SH45-5505
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Quick Install Card           SH45-5506
    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 : Development First Steps      SH45-5507
    
    Displayable Softcopy Publications

    The following manuals are offered in displayable softcopy form with the product:

    These displayable manuals are part of the basic machine-readable material. The files are shipped on the same media type as the basic machine-readable material in INF format and require the OS/2 Help Manager for viewing.

    Softcopy versions of manuals shipped with IBM Personal AS/2 V3 and IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 will be available in CD-ROM format, named "DSS Collection Kit" (ref: 5636-PUB). This CD is separately orderable using the Order Number SK2T-0138, it will have been updated to include the IBM Personal AS/2 V3 manuals by December 1993. These displayable manuals can be used with the BookManager (TM) READ licensed programs in any of the supported environments. Terms and Conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.


    Technical Information

    Specified Operating Environment

    Machine Requirements

    Planning Information

    Packaging

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 is distributed in one package with the following materials:

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 5-Pack includes one program package license and four Additional License Certificates.

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-Pack includes one program package license and nine Additional License Certificates.

    IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-Pack includes one program package license and forty nine Additional License Certificates.

    IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 is distributed in one package with the following materials:

    Security, Auditability and Control

    The announced programs use the security and auditability features of the OS/2 Version 2 operating system. User management is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.


    Ordering Information

    Order Type  Part      Program
    Number      Number    Name
    English Version
    5622-103    68G1950   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 (Single)
    5622-103    68G1660   IBM Personal AS/2 V3  5-PACK
    5622-103    68G1665   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-PACK
    5622-103    68G1670   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-PACK
    5622-104    68G1680   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3
    

    French Version 5622-103 68G1951 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 (Single) 5622-103 68G1661 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 5-PACK 5622-103 68G1666 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-PACK 5622-103 68G1671 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-PACK 5622-104 68G1681 IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3

    German Version 5622-103 68G1952 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 (Single) 5622-103 68G1662 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 5-PACK 5622-103 68G1667 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-PACK 5622-103 68G1672 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-PACK 5622-104 68G1682 IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3

    Italian Version 5622-103 68G1953 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 (Single) 5622-103 68G1663 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 5-PACK 5622-103 68G1668 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-PACK 5622-103 68G1673 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-PACK 5622-104 68G1683 IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3

    Spanish Version 5622-103 68G1954 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 (Single) 5622-103 68G1664 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 5-PACK 5622-103 68G1669 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-PACK 5622-103 68G1674 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-PACK 5622-104 68G1684 IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3

    Dutch Version 5622-103 68G2101 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 (Single) 5622-103 68G2102 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 5-PACK 5622-103 68G2103 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 10-PACK 5622-103 68G2104 IBM Personal AS/2 V3 50-PACK 5622-104 68G2100 IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3

    Upgrades
    Existing customers of IBM Personal AS/2 Version 2 (5669-389) can upgrade to IBM Personal AS/2 Version 3:

    Order Type  Part      Program
    Number      Number    Name
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    5622-103    68G1921   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 English
    5622-103    68G1675   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 French
    5622-103    68G1676   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 German
    5622-103    68G1677   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 Italian
    5622-103    68G1678   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 Spanish
    5622-103    68G2099   IBM Personal AS/2 V3 Dutch
    

    Existing customers of IBM Personal AS/2 Development/2 Version 2 (5669-388) can upgrade to IBM Personal AS Builder/2 Version 3:

    Order Type  Part      Program
    Number      Number    Name
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    5622-104    68G1924   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 English
    5622-104    68G1979   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 French
    5622-104    68G1980   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 German
    5622-104    68G1981   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 Italian
    5622-104    68G1982   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 Spanish
    5622-104    68G2098   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3 Dutch
    

    PROGRAM NUMBER(S) FOR DUA(S)

    Order Type  Part      Program
    Number      Number    Name
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    5775-BD6    68G1920   IBM Personal AS/2 V3
    5775-BD7    68G1923   IBM Personal AS Builder/2 V3
    5775-BD6    68G1922   Upgrade from Personal AS/2 V2(5775-AJ2)
    5775-BD7    68G1925   Upgrade from Personal AS Development/2
                                       V2(5775-AJ3)
    
    Program updates will be available until 12/31/94.

    Announcement Countries

    All European, Middle Eastern and African Countries.


    The data in this letter is subject to the disclaimer in Letter ZS90-0112, which is available from IBM on request.

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