DE10215653A1 - Program code automatic generation method in which program code sections are generated using input and output controls or masks so that flexible engineering workflows can be gernated - Google Patents

Program code automatic generation method in which program code sections are generated using input and output controls or masks so that flexible engineering workflows can be gernated

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DE10215653A1
DE10215653A1 DE2002115653 DE10215653A DE10215653A1 DE 10215653 A1 DE10215653 A1 DE 10215653A1 DE 2002115653 DE2002115653 DE 2002115653 DE 10215653 A DE10215653 A DE 10215653A DE 10215653 A1 DE10215653 A1 DE 10215653A1
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Abstract

Method for automatic generation of program code sections, whereby: a GUI is used to provide controls or masks for data input or output; each of the masks has rules for evaluation of the input or output data; the input and output data are used by a data processing system to automatically generate program code sections. The invention also relates to a corresponding data processing arrangement, a computer program product and a data storage medium for the computer program product.

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  • The invention relates to a method and an arrangement for the automatic generation of program code sections and a corresponding computer program product and an appropriate computer-readable storage medium, which can be used in particular to create flexible engineering workflows with which Activities are defined that are related to the creation, description and modification of a Product. That especially includes that Work steps within the planning, construction and the adaptation as part of the variant construction.
  • To reduce the construction and Development effort in mechanical engineering is with conventional processes the attempt is made for customized Machines of the same type on standardized Build components. One speaks of series machines, Type machines or variants. But these can never be 100% consist of components on the shelf so that a not inconsiderable remaining effort for the Construction of these components remains. Known as Configurators referred to, solutions enable that Configuration of machine variants via the Filing rules. Merchandising and Production planning systems (Enterprise Resource Planning systems or ERP systems) mainly on finished dimensioned components of an extensive Component catalog. The configuration logic is limited on the composition of the finished parts according to customer requirements. The rule deposit requires learning a special scripting language or by Prolog.
  • The current focus with currently available 3D CAD Systems is based on geometry modeling and parametric 3D modeling, which is pure underlying geometric relationships. 3D technology and however, parametric 2D CAD systems open up completely new opportunities and goals. The trend is going to Integration of knowledge in the models. So far are at the implementation of this approach, however, systems emerged, the still significant disadvantages exhibit. It is beyond that with the existing systems not possible the intellectual knowledge and the Capture designer's experience; they stay with are purely geometric relationships.
  • The conventional solutions for flexible CAD systems have several disadvantages. Let the most important are characterized as follows
  • The existing CAD systems are, if one Engineering component is required, not as Standard software can be used. They are usually extensive Adjustments in the form of programming work necessary.
  • The operation of these CAD systems therefore requires that the engineer mapping the construction process must have additional programming knowledge.
  • This programming work to adapt the systems subsequently lead to proprietary systems whose Maintenance is complex and expensive. The Reusability of proprietary knowledge based engineering Systems (KBE systems) for other applications and Machine is not or only very limited given.
  • Ready-made components that form the basis of the rule input only composed according to the rules but not can be completely redimensioned.
  • In addition, the configuration is more conventional Systems feature-oriented, d. h .: the systems are not geared to technical constraints (such as torque, power, speed or Mass flow rate).
  • The invention is therefore based on the object Method and arrangement for automatic Generation of program code sections as well corresponding computer program product and a corresponding one to develop computer-readable storage medium which the mentioned disadvantages of the known solutions be overcome by using a flexible System is provided which is used for construction, Modeling or process simulation by a specialist of such an area without further special knowledge (especially programming knowledge) can. In addition, a system is to be created which existing solutions for further processing makes available as well as the development of variants through the data of previous calculations or Configurations automatically by providing a Knowledge base (material, calculation, procedure, experience) supported.
  • This object is achieved by the Features in the characterizing part of claims 1, 21, 22 and 23 in cooperation with the features in Generic term. Useful embodiments of the invention are contained in the subclaims.
  • A particular advantage of the invention is that in the method for automatically generating Program code sections via a graphic User interface (GUI) of a data processing system Masks (controls) for data input and / or output or Masks for data input and / or output with additional Provided means for configuring these masks, each of the masks rules for evaluating the over this mask input and / or output data and for the evaluation of the configurations made assigned, via (a) mask (s) for data input and / or - Output of input and / or output data and / or according to at least part of the mask configuration automatically by the data processing system Processing of the (s) for input and / or output rules assigned to the mask (s) used Program code section is generated and provided.
  • An arrangement for the automatic generation of Program code sections are characterized in that they comprises at least one processor such is (are) set up that a method for automatic generation of program code sections is feasible, with a graphic User interface (GUI) of a Data processing system masks (controls) for data input and / or output or masks for data input and / or - Output with additional means for configuring this Masks provided, each of the masks rules for that Evaluation of the input and / or via this mask output data and for the evaluation of the made Assigned configurations, which via (a) mask (s) for data input and / or output input and / or output data and / or at least part of the Mask configuration automatically according to that Data processing system by processing the for the Assign input and / or output mask (s) used Rules creates at least one program code section and provided.
  • A computer program product for automatic This creates generation of program code sections excellent that it is a computer readable storage medium includes on which a program is stored that it allows a computer after it is in memory the computer has been loaded, a method for automatic generation of program code sections perform, using a graphic User interface (GUI) of a data processing system Masks (controls) for data input and / or output or Masks for data input and / or output with additional Provided means for configuring these masks, each of the masks rules for evaluating the over this mask input and / or output data and for the evaluation of the configurations made assigned, via (a) mask (s) for data input and / or - Output of input and / or output data and / or according to at least part of the mask configuration automatically by the data processing system Processing of the (the) for input and / or output rules assigned to the mask (s) used Program code section is generated and provided.
  • On a computer readable storage medium for automatic generation of program code sections is a Program saved that allows a computer to after it has been loaded into the computer's memory is a method for the automatic generation of Perform program code sections, using a graphical user interface (GUI) of a Data processing system masks (controls) for data input and / or output or masks for data input and / or - Output with additional means for configuring this Masks provided, each of the masks rules for that Evaluation of the input and / or via this mask output data and for the evaluation of the made Assigned configurations, which via (a) mask (s) for data input and / or output input and / or output data and / or at least part of the Mask configuration automatically according to that Data processing system by processing the for the Assign input and / or output mask (s) used Rules creates at least one program code section and provided.
  • It also turns out to be the case inventive method as advantageous that the masks rules assigned to data input and / or output Program instructions include the takeover of Input data and / or the generation of output data Taxes.
  • This is preferably done in that the one Rules assigned to the mask for the evaluation of the this mask input and / or output data from this Create data processing instructions, where the data as parameters or variables of a formula and / or as addresses for read / write access Memory areas and / or as addresses for Read / write access to tables and / or as addresses for Read / write access to files can be interpreted. This can be achieved, for example, by using the Assigns information to masks, such as B .: special formula sets, specific access to before defined tables or boolean expressions.
  • In a preferred embodiment of the invention The method is further envisaged by the one Rules assigned to masks for the evaluation of the made configurations of this mask several predecessor masks and / or successor masks be assigned. In particular, these rules via the graphical user interface the masks are linked to one another evaluated and those between the linked Data to be exchanged masks determined.
  • It proves to be advantageous that the generation of the Program code sections such that in one first step of each (a part) of the one Mask configuration forming masks for data input and / or issue an individual Assigned intermediate code fragment and in a second step from the Intermediate code fragments of these masks End code section (partial code section) is generated. The automatically generated (intermediate) code fragments (e.g. generated as SQL (intermediate) code fragments) or the input data itself can be stored in a file get saved. So every shape is with its Input data linked and as individual information available stored.
  • In addition, in a preferred embodiment of the inventive method provided that the Mask configuration at least part of one Product planning process and / or one Design process and / or a product customization process (Variant construction) defining flowchart (workflow) maps.
  • For the automatic generation of program code sections it may prove advantageous that different Types of masks for data input and / or output are provided, each of which structural elements map the workflow, such as: workflow start, Table access, definition of a formula, messages to the User, decision, calling external programs, access external data, stop the calculation, the possibility Enter SQL code directly, merge and / or Workflow end.
  • In a further preferred embodiment of the The method according to the invention provides that the means for Configuration include at least one computer program, which is the data exchange between the elements of the Controls mask configuration by sending signals from Evaluates means for data entry. As beneficial it turns out that the signals of the means for Data input are generated by at least one mouse Click and / or by moving a cursor and / or a mouse and / or by touching a touch screen and / or by operating the keyboard of a keyboard. In addition, it proves advantageous that the Results of the evaluation of the signals of the means for Data entry can be visualized by the through this Signals defined elements of the mask configuration are connected with each other by graphic elements. It is particularly practical if this is done on a graphic Paths are made by, for example, the to configuration masks can be marked with a "mouse click". The masks can also be configured by an arrow from a template onto the work surface is pulled, and arrow end or arrowhead with the corresponding masks are connected; the direction The arrow can indicate the direction, for example specify in the processing or a calculation should be done.
  • It is also advantageous that interfaces to external programs such as Enterprise Resource Planning Programs and / or production planning and Control systems and / or product data management systems and / or programs for computer aided design to be provided.
  • In addition, it is advantageous that this Interfaces are implemented in XML.
  • In a further preferred embodiment of the The method according to the invention provides that each mask An icon (shape) is assigned to types. This will make it Working with the masks or shapes is easier, in particular, the danger is prevented, masks or Confuse shapes with each other and wrong ones Make configurations. In a preferred embodiment of the method according to the invention is therefore also provided that to display the workflow the Icons (shapes) assigned to masks can be used. This can advantageously be such that the icons on a first special area of the GUI - the Template - to be provided and the icons assigned masks on a second area of the GUI - the Drawing surface - generated by the icons via drag-and-drop from the template to the Drawing surface.
  • Another advantage is that the masks for Data input and / or output are made usable, by signals which can be predetermined by means of data input to be sent to the icons (shapes). It proves to be practical in that the means of Data input sent signals by at least one Mouse click and / or by touching a touch screen areas of the GUI used for data entry and / or by pressing the keyboard of a keyboard be generated.
  • In addition, in a preferred embodiment of the inventive method provided that of the Masks for data input and / or output at least one freely writable input field and / or a pull-down Menu and / or a slider for data entry or change and / or a switch and / or a Enter button and / or a combo box and / or one Check box and / or an option field (radio button) and / or a hyperlink is provided.
  • It is also advantageous that the generated program code sections as interpretable code or as compilable code or as executable Program code will be provided. Particularly advantageous it is that the generated program code sections as dynamic SQL stored procedures are provided.
  • Especially in the field of construction or Product development it proves advantageous that it is made possible by the invention Include parameterizable elements in the design process. The geometry-oriented construction gives way to one module oriented mindset that is variable and includes intelligent components. For example the number of holes through the elements (shapes) Rules stored automatically from those of the designer predetermined dimensions can be determined. That brings the advantage of having the design - especially of variants - not on finished parts a component catalog, but for example via interfaces to CAD programs has parameterizable elements available.
  • Another advantage of the invention is that through the use of iterative product development is supported by storing the Workflows or variant trees on this if necessary can be used and built. That leads to one successive increase in knowledge as the data is earlier Calculations or configurations automatically Support in the construction of new variants is available stand. The knowledge base (material, calculation, Approach, experience) is coupled with the model. It can be successively expanded by the designer.
  • The development of variants or type machines supported by the invention by the designer clear procedures, instructions for use and / or Construction elements are offered automatically.
  • The use of XML (= eXtensible Markup Language) as a communication language allows the extremely simple Access to various data sources.
  • Server-based also proves to be advantageous Architecture of the invention, as a result of which the application of the Method according to the invention in large groups and on Web interfaces is made possible.
  • The inventive arrangement is advantageously with provided with a graphical interface. Thereby the familiarization times in the system are reduced, especially through intuitive usability.
  • The graphic interface makes construction easier also in that the detection of the Calculation rules of associated engineering knowledge without Programming knowledge is made possible because of this Calculation rules already the shapes or masks for data input and / or output (controls) are. To use these calculation rules, all the shapes have to do - e.g. B. via drag & drop - to one Workflow to be added.
  • The possibility of variants and calculation methods too deposit is another advantage, because this makes a history of each variant available. In addition, a calculation can be made at any point in the calculation new variant by changing the boundary conditions be maintained.
  • It is also advantageous that the invention also manage and deploy everyone for the design elements essential to the designer and Objects (knowledge storage) takes place. That represents one Simplification, unification and optimization of the complete construction process, which means for each participant the transparency of the respective Construction process is increased.
  • The application of the inventive method brings as further advantages of a drastic cost reduction in Construction and sales area with itself. delivery times are reduced and delivery reliability is increased.
  • With the use of the invention, a drastically reduce time to market from Products achieved, and through the possibility of a faster variant simulation that Product development risk significantly reduced. changes, Iterations and optimizations of the Product development processes do not require costly redesign or reprogramming more.
  • Furthermore, the use of the inventive Process beneficial to the attractiveness of the Product range. This can be done in a simple manner can be expanded, moreover, individual Customer requests can be taken into account with little effort.
  • Another important advantage is that over the automation of the individual processes Error rate reduced and therefore a significant one Quality improvement of the design and Configuration process is achieved.
  • A preferred embodiment of the invention provides Use of XML before. This leads to a big one System openness. Because of the very open Interface architecture is a gradual switch to KBE software possible. There are no data inconsistencies fear. These properties make a high one Protection of investment guaranteed.
  • The use of the invention has the additional advantage that the provision of automation tools for construction no longer with individual solutions must take place. The knowledge of individual employees The company is anchored centrally.
  • The invention is based on one at least partially shown in the figures Embodiment to be explained, which is specifically on the construction process or die Variant construction relates.
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  • Fig. 1 shows a schematic representation of the modular design of the architecture of the inventive arrangement;
  • Fig. 2 representation of the components involved in the overall process and their interaction.
  • The main aspect in this special embodiment of the invention lies in the automatic generation of a set of dynamic SQL stored procedures 27 on an SQL database 3 , which depict a graphically generated workflow by which, for example, activities are defined which are associated with the creation, the description and the change of a product, in particular work steps within the planning, construction and adaptation within the scope of the variant construction, and thus make it usable for data input and output as well as data processing.
  • When planning or developing a new product the designer will start with the one to be created Give workflow a unique name under which it is saved and called up for editing can be. Individual components of the workflow or Subworkflows can also be used individually under this Name, for example, with corresponding extensions be saved so that they can also be used individually for others Products are available, however, related to the initial workflow - useful for example at Construction of a variant - not lost.
  • The so-called workflow designer (WFDesigner 31 ) is used to create the workflow. This provides the designer with a graphic input surface for the design, in which so-called "shapes" are dragged and dropped from a template onto the drawing surface. These shapes, which are arranged on the drawing surface, represent elements of a workflow. There are various shape types that can be used to define formulas, table accesses, decisions, workflow start and end, merge, messages to the user and sub-workflows. These shapes differ in the rules stored for them, the required input parameters and, accordingly, the input and / or output masks (controls) assigned to them. These shapes can now be specified by the designer. According to the requirements of the product to be designed and the shape type, the designer can now store individual information behind each shape, such as: special formula sets, specific access to previously defined tables and Boolean expressions. So-called controls serve as the user interface for the definition of these rules, which provide masks corresponding to the shape type for data input and / or output as input interfaces. After completing the input, these controls then pass the data entered for each individual shape directly to an XML file on the client hard disk. In the case of the exemplary embodiment, the input data are stored here in this (local) XML file as SQL (intermediate) code fragments which were generated automatically in accordance with the individual rules (individual information) which are stored for the respective shape. Each shape is linked to its input data, which can be called up as individual information (in SQL code) behind the respective shape, which is well defined by its position within the configuration of the shapes (generally: mask configuration) that defines the workflow (here still locally) are. Then, usually when the workflow has been completed, the individual, individual SQL intermediate code fragments stored in the XML file that belong to this workflow can be used - or only parts thereof. B. Sub-workflows - processed again to generate an end or partial SQL code for the entire workflow or a partial workflow. In particular, the variable definitions contained in the respective SQL intermediate code fragments are coordinated with one another and made consistent, and the sequence of processing the SQL intermediate code fragments specified by the configuration of the shapes is established. All SQL code sections stored in the local XML file are then sent to a central XML file 20 . Alternatively, only selected SQL code sections can also be transferred to the central XML file 20 . A global storage space is useful because then the individual information behind each shape is global, e.g. B. are available for validation purposes.
  • According to the manufacturing and calculation process these shapes are created by the designer connected. It is particularly convenient when this is on can be done graphically. For example happen that the to be connected Elements are marked by using them one after the other "clicked" with the mouse or the cursor with additionally pressed mouse button or a pressed Keyboard key from one element to another is pulled.
  • The elements can be connected with each other just as well by moving an arrow from the template onto the Work surface is pulled, and arrow end or Arrowhead are connected to the corresponding shapes; the direction of the arrow indicates the direction in which the calculation is done.
  • Alternatively, of course, all available here Input devices such as B. Eye trackers are used. An automatic evaluation of acoustic, natural language input via Microphone to make the desired configuration.
  • The sum of all interconnected shapes results the calculation and configuration workflow.
  • The information transmitted to the central XML file is now translated into SQL by a compiler and stored in the central SQL database 3 of the database server 2 in the form of dynamic stored procedures 27 . These dynamic stored procedures 27 defined by the workflow are referred to as dynamic, since they are generated according to the specifications of the workflow created by the designer - and can be changed again, in contrast to a set of static stored procedures 26 which are in the SQL database 3 are stored and take care of the administration and the correct execution of the calculation, e.g. B. by guaranteeing the correct order of processing of the dynamic stored procedures 27 .
  • A SQL single procedure is generated for each element (shape) of the workflow. SQL element elements are stored in these "element single procedures" according to the elements "formula", "table access" and "decision" that can be used in the workflow. The fact that the configuration of each individual shape "knows" its successor controls the passage of the individual elements in accordance with the flow logic stored graphically in the workflow designer (WFDesigner 31 ).
  • The so-called workflow solver (WFSolver 32 ) enables the use of an existing workflow created by the process just described for the construction or configuration of a new variant. This provides a browser-based interface. After selecting a workflow that corresponds to or comes close to the product type that is to be constructed or configured, the compiled form of the SQL program of the existing workflow is started. The dynamic stored procedures 27 are processed up to the point in the workflow at which, according to the previous definition, messages have to be output to the user. The messages are used to output values e.g. B. to check a calculation status and to enter further values for the further calculation or configuration process.
  • Submit messages to the user Crossing points on the way to the finished to be constructed or product to be configured. The new entries of the Users influence the characteristics of the end product and thus serve as a starting point for new variants thereof. For example, choosing a new one Material a change in the diameter of pipes or a change in the wall thickness of containers to have. The resulting variant tree is an image the history of the calculation or configuration of the End product and can be used for traceability and Additional variants can be used.
  • The application in the exemplary embodiment of the invention is implemented in four layers (graphic front end 4 and web front end 5 , internet server 3 , transaction server 6 , database server 2 ) (see FIG. 1). This four-tier architecture ensures transaction security and strong decoupling from the user interface. The interfaces to other programs such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP 30 ), production planning and control systems (PPS 30 ), Product Data Management (PDM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD 29 ) are all implemented in XML as described.
  • In summary, it can be said that in the first step the knowledge engineer uses the WFDesigner 31 to prepare the knowledge base, ie administration and maintenance of the variants (features, options) as well as the rules and formulas. For example, a surface running under MS Visio is used. Here, for. B. the left side of the surface contains the shapes as a "template". These symbolize the elements "formula", "decision", "table access", "message to user", "merge", "external data", "external programs" and others. The elements can now be dragged and dropped onto the drawing surface. Here, an editor will be loaded is enabling the engineer to enter based on previously from CAD systems 29 imported and self-defined parametrics, formulas, table accesses, decisions and user messages.
  • This schedule, which processes the rules, is now validated and implemented, ie compiled, in SQL procedures on a database server 2 . The validation takes place on the layer of the frontend, the compilation is carried out in all four layers.
  • The calculation process now stands for the rest Use available.
  • In the second step, the WFSolver 32 can be used to enter data in the previously defined input prompts in accordance with the specifications of a flowchart to be processed and created in the first step and to have these processed by the SQL procedures. The result is a variant of a specific product type to be designed or configured, which meets very specific requirements. The results then serve the parametrics of a CAD model or a parts list that can be passed on to production. The second part of the application - the WFSolver 32 - is intended for sales and design engineers who can process orders with considerable time savings by automating the processes.
  • The invention is not restricted to the exemplary embodiments shown here. Rather, it is possible to implement and implement further embodiment variants by combining and modifying the means and features mentioned, without leaving the scope of the invention. LIST OF REFERENCES 1 client system
    2 database servers
    3 SQL database
    4 internet servers
    5 Graphical front end (e.g. MS-Visio)
    6 Web front end, interface to external networks (e.g. Internet browser)
    7 transaction server, interface to external programs (e.g. CAD programs such as Pro / E, import / export modules for PPS / ERP / CAD)
    8 administrative component
    9 module for process definition
    10 formula editor
    11 Visualization module for CAD parametric structure trees
    12 Table management
    13 decision editor
    14 Table access editor
    15 General administration component
    16 Order management
    17 General administration module
    18 Calculation and configuration module
    19 Import / export parts lists for CAD / PPS / ERP
    20 central XML files for storing the calculation and configuration process
    21 XML file as an interface to PPS / ERP
    22 XML file as an interface to CAD
    23 Internet information server
    24 middle class components
    25 Javascript for internet validation
    26 static stored procedures
    27 dynamic stored procedures
    28 component server
    29 CAD system
    30 PPS / ERP
    31 WFDesigner
    32 WFSolver

Claims (23)

1. A method for the automatic generation of program code sections, characterized in that
via a graphical user interface (GUI) of a data processing system, masks (controls) for data input and / or output or masks for data input and / or output are provided with additional means for configuring these masks,
assigned to each of the masks rules for evaluating the data input and / or output via this mask and for evaluating the configurations made,
the data input and / or output via and / or output data and / or at least part of the mask configuration according to automatically by the data processing system by processing the data for the input and / or Output associated mask (s) associated rules at least one program code section is generated and provided.
2. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that
the rules assigned to the masks for data input and / or output include program instructions which
the transfer of input data and / or
the generation of output data
Taxes.
3. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
The rules assigned to a mask for the evaluation of the data input and / or output via this mask from this data create program processing instructions, the data
as parameters or variables of a formula and / or
as addresses for read / write access to memory areas and / or
as addresses for read / write access to tables and / or
as addresses for read / write access to files
be interpreted.
4. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that by the rules assigned to a mask for the Evaluation of the configurations made this mask one or more previous masks and / or successor masks can be assigned.
5. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the generation of the program code sections in this way takes place in a first step of each (part) of a mask configuration masks for data input and / or output assigned individual intermediate code fragment and in a second step from the An end code section between code fragments of these masks (Partial code section) is generated.
6. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
the mask configuration at least part of one
a product planning process and / or
a construction process and / or
a product adaptation process (variant construction)
defining flowchart (workflow).
7. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
Different types of masks for data input and / or output are provided, each of which depict structural elements of the workflow, such as
Workflow start,
Table access,
Definition of a formula,
Messages to the user,
Decision,
Calling external programs,
Retrieval of external data,
Stop the calculation,
the possibility of entering SQL code directly,
Merge and / or
Workflow end.
8. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the means of configuration at least one Computer program which includes the data exchange between the elements of the mask configuration controls by sending signals from means to Evaluates data entry.
9. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
the signals of the data input means are generated
by at least one mouse click and / or
by moving a cursor and / or a mouse and / or
by touching a touch screen and / or
by pressing the keyboard of a keyboard.
10. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the results of the evaluation of the signals of the Means of data entry can be visualized by the elements defined by these signals Mask configuration using graphic elements be connected to each other.
11. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
Interfaces to external programs such as
Enterprise Resource Planning programs and / or
Production planning and control systems and / or
Product data management systems and / or
Computer aided design programs
to be provided.
12. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that these interfaces are implemented in XML.
13. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that an icon (shape) is assigned to each mask type is.
14. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that to display the workflow of the masks assigned icons (shapes) can be used.
15. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the icons on a first special area of the GUI - the template - and the masks assigned to the icons on a second Area of the GUI - the drawing interface - generated by dragging and dropping the icons from the template to the drawing surface to be pulled.
16. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the masks can be used for data input and / or output be made by means of Data inputable signals to the icons (shapes) be sent.
17. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
the signals sent by the data entry means
by at least one mouse click and / or by touching a touch screen in the data input areas of the GUI and / or
by pressing the keyboard of a keyboard
be generated.
18. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
at least from the masks for data input and / or output
a freely writable input field and / or
a pull-down menu and / or
a slider for entering or changing data and / or
a switch and / or
an enter button and / or
a combo box and / or
a check box and / or
an radio button and / or
a hyperlink
provided.
19. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that
the generated program code sections
as interpretable code or
as compilable code or
as executable program code
to be provided.
20. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the generated program code sections as dynamic SQL stored procedures provided become.
21. Arrangement with at least one processor, which is (are) set up in such a way that a method for automatically generating program code sections can be carried out, masks (controls) for data input and / or. Via a graphic user interface (GUI) of a data processing system output or masks for data input and / or output with additional means for configuring these masks,
assigned to each of the masks rules for evaluating the data input and / or output via this mask and for evaluating the configurations made,
The data input and / or output via / a mask (s) for data input and / or output and / or at least part of the mask configuration according to automatically by the data processing system by processing the data for the input and / or At least one program code section is generated and made available to rules associated with the mask (s) or output used.
22. A computer program product comprising a computer readable storage medium on which is stored a program which, after being loaded into the computer's memory, enables a computer to carry out a method for the automatic generation of program code sections, via a graphical user interface (GUI) of a data processing system, masks (controls) for data input and / or output or masks for data input and / or output are provided with additional means for configuring these masks,
assigned to each of the masks rules for evaluating the data input and / or output via this mask and for evaluating the configurations made,
The data input and / or output via / a mask (s) for data input and / or output and / or at least part of the mask configuration according to automatically by the data processing system by processing the data for the input and / or At least one program code section is generated and made available to rules associated with the mask (s) or output used.
23. Computer-readable storage medium, on which a program is stored, which, after it has been loaded into the memory of the computer, enables a computer to carry out a method for the automatic generation of program code sections, masks (via a graphical user interface (GUI) of a data processing system). Controls) for data input and / or output or masks for data input and / or output with additional means for configuring these masks,
assigned to each of the masks rules for evaluating the data input and / or output via this mask and for evaluating the configurations made,
the data input and / or output via and / or output data and / or at least part of the mask configuration according to automatically by the data processing system by processing the data for the input and / or Output associated mask (s) associated rules at least one program code section is generated and provided
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