You could do this with threads. In your example, a trigger on the orders or inventory items file could, well, trigger a message to a data queue on which one thread of Sally's job is waiting. Another thread may be waiting for screen interaction, while yet another may be awaiting an Alarm to fire (say, a timer Alarm). Any/all of these actions might causevSally's screen to refresh with new stats.
But Sally is going to be rightly perturbed if she spent the last couple of minutes filling in fields on that screen, and just when she's ready to press <ENTER> or some function key, the screen refreshes.
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Booth Martin <booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The dataque with trigger is pretty straight forward and provides the
event and needed information. Thats the first half of the problem.
Now, I need the other half, the listening part. Lets say Sally has an
inventory item on her screen and is talking with a customer and the
On Hand - 12
Inbound - 12
Allocated - 22
Available - 2
In the call center there are 28 other folks taking orders and some one
of those people sells 4 pieces, leaving as Available a minus 2.
At this point, I would like Sally's screen to refresh and reflect that
there are none left to sell. All without Sally doing anything and
without a timer constantly refreshing her screen every nn seconds.
This is fairly common in the new world, but it isn't clear to me how we
do this on our platform.
Here is a simplistic example:
This clock refreshes every n.nn minutes, based on a timer. I would
rather that when another program sent a change in the time, a "listener"
would hear the message and poke the clock program with the new time to
An Executive Dashboard is another example of the problem. How does one
refresh that screen by other than a cycle started with a timer?
On 9/2/2012 8:00 PM, Mark S Waterbury wrote:
I think it would help if you could attempt to describe what problem you
are trying to solve, or what you are trying to accomplish. In other
words, what are your goals or objectives.
Mark S. Waterbury
On 9/2/2012 8:38 PM, Booth Martin wrote:
This seems simple enough yet I am stumbling all over the school yard
This has to do with event-based actions versus waiting for the Enter key
to be pressed or for a timer to run out..
This is a fairly simplistic case, but it should serve to demonstrate the
problem I am trying to solve.
Lets say a desktop gadget displays the local temperature. When the
temperature changes, the gadget changes the display. As I understand
it, this is accomplished by a "listener" that "listens" for a
temperature change event from the mother ship. It is not a timer that
periodically checks to see what the temperature is. When the listener
hears that the temperature has changed, it alerts the desktop gadget and
my desktop display shows the new temperature. As I said, this is a
So, in midrange world, how do I mimic the behavior of a listener and of
This may not be well presented. For that I apologize. Of course, if I
understood the issue better I probably would also know the answer,
right? ;) If you have questions, please ask. That may help me
explain my issue better.