is it ?
Dynamic Binding is one of the unique technologies that have
been developed by Stamina Software as an integral component
of our Advanced Programming Toolkit (ZAPT! 4GL). It allows
our software products to be modified without changing a single
line of computer source code.
does that mean to me ?
One of the dilemmas you face when installing a comprehensive
Management Information System is "should I opt
for an off the shelf product or have software tailor
an off the shelf solution you gain the benefit of ongoing
product research and development, but the products tend
to be inflexible. A tailor written product behaves exactly
the way that you want it to, but the development costs
can be prohibitive.
the best option for some organisations has been to acquire
source code for an existing product that was a close
fit for their requirements, and use this as a starting
point for customising the software. This can greatly
reduce development costs, but can also make it virtually
impossible to install any upgrades to the base/starter
product, so any ongoing R&D must be funded internally.
Binding bridges this gap by allowing you to customise
our off the shelf software solutions without changing
a single line of source code in the underlying product.
The result is that you can get the best of both worlds
- a solution that behaves like a customised/tailor written
software product, while still being able to obtain the
ongoing benefits of an off the shelf solution.
does it work ?
The concept behind dynamic binding is total simplicity
- provided you have designed your product from the ground
up with this design goal in mind that is !
software is written to utilise a powerful relational
database management system (RDBMS), which is fully exploited
by our advanced programming tools (ZAPT! 4GL).
a process is defined, we store key information about
the process screen within the database itself. As this
information is stored within a database it can be manipulated,
in much the same way that you can change the address
or telephone number for one of your customers.
process database allows you to associate special rules
with individual fields within a screen, and also for
key processing points such as after a record is retrieved
or updated or on initial entry.
rules can range from a simple calculation to provide
an intelligent default, through to something as complex
as running any number of related processes if a certain
set of conditions is met, where these related processes
may themselves be something that has been developed
as a special one-off addition.
running process automatically detects if a special rule
should be applied from this process database and performs
the desired action.
a new version of the core product is installed it does
not change the local process database, so your special
rules will still be applied under the same conditions
in to the new version of the program.