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PCTE-Added Common Tools

Objective

The objective of PACT was the development and documentation of a toolset for PCTE (project 32). This implementation of a layer of functionalities above PCTE's basic mechanisms will provide the tool developer with a higher level interface to PCTE. The project was conducted in close collaboration with the PCTE project.
The prototype version was to include:
-tools for data definition and data query
-tools for environment administration
-document preparation tools
-communication facilities (user/user and gateways)
-support for C, Pascal, Lisp and Prolog
-configuration management tools.
The objective was the development and documentation of a toolset for the portable common tool environment (PCTE). This implementation of a layer of functionalities above PCTE's basic mechanisms will provide the tool developer with a higher level interface to PCTE. The toolset consists mainly of the following tools which have been adapted or ported: shell; basic object management system tools; data definition language interpreter; general text editor; Pascal and C compliers; linkers and debuggers; general text formatter; system administration tools; and basic archiving and backup tools. More basic work on the design and development of tools supporting advanced features was undertaken, especially in the following critical areas: object management system (design of advanced data definition, query and manipulation tools); dialogue management (definition of a model and an accompanying formalism to describe the interactions between any tool and a user); and common services (construction of a functional level offering well defined language interfaces exploitable by tools).
The initial toolset is now available on top of PCTE. It consists mainly of the following tools which have been adapted or ported: shell; basic object management system tools; data definition language interpreter; general text editor; Pascal and C compiler, linker and debugger; general text formatter; system administration tools; and basic archiving and back-up tools.
More basic work on the design and development of tools supporting advanced features was undertaken, especially in the following critical areas:
-object management system: design of advanced data definition, query and manipulation tools
-dialogue management: definition of a model and an accompanying formalism to describe the interactions between any tool and a user
-common services: construction of a functional level offering well-defined language interfaces exploitable by tools; this will form the basic layer for the integration of future tools.
Exploitation
PACT has a range of tools running on Bull and Sun computers, and a PACT toolset contributes to the EUREKA EAST development of PACT-based products.
The partners provided a complete general-purpose environment in 1989. This environment will support tools developed by other projects and widen the use and acceptance of PCTE.

Coordinator

Bull SA
Address
68 Route De Versailles
78430 Louveciennes
France

Participants (6)

EUROSOFT SYSTEMS SA
France
Address
Boulevard Henri Sellier
92154 Suresnes
Ingegneria C. Olivetti and C. SpA
Italy
Address
Via Palestro 30
56100 Pisa
International Computers Ltd (ICL)
United Kingdom
Address
Kidsgrove Westfields Kidsgrove
ST7 1TL Stoke-on-trent
S & M Advanced Technologies
Italy
Address
Via Ermino Spalla 53
00142 Roma
SYSECA SA
France
Address

31328 Labege
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München