AskPlus is the reporting engine used by Visimage
Reports developed in Visimage are executed natively by AskPlus on the host server.
Designed for computing professionals and IT staff, AskPlus
offers advanced, query, report and update capabilities coupled with excellent
performance. Reports can either be written using the AskPlus command
syntax or developed visually using the Visimage for Windows user interface.
AskPlus runs natively on the host server. AskPlus is supported on HP
e3000, HP-UX (other UNIX platforms) and Windows NT. Because AskPlus
is located on the server, it is easy to create and execute host job streams
(HP e3000) and scripts (UNIX/NT).
On HP e3000 systems, AskPlus supports TurboImage databases,
MPE, KSAM and SD files. On UNIX and NT systems, AskPlus supports Oracle
and Eloquence databases, flat and indexed files.
Data can be selected from multiple databases and files in a single query. The
powerful link statement allows the user to fully control how datasets, tables
and files are joined together.
The AskPlus interface to TurboImage and Eloquence is identical.
Therefore reports developed on the HP e3000 for TurboImage can be run on HP-UX with
Eloquence with no changes. The same is true for Visimage reports.
(Assumes that the database structure in TurboImage
and Eloquence is the same.)
The AskPlus language is similar to HP's Query/iX product,
and Query developers will find AskPlus easy to use. Askplus, however,
offers many advanced features not available with Query.
- Use expressions (including parentheses) and
date conversions when selecting, sorting and reporting data
- Support for temporary
variables (registers) and arrays
- Update fields with
dynamically calculated values
- Update fields based
Vital Soft provides an automatic conversion that converts Query reports
to AskPlus. This program is available free to all supported customers.
AskPlus is not an application development environment,
however, AskPlus can be extremely useful for database administrators to perform
database updates and to resolve data integrity issues. AskPlus supports
Insert (Add), Update and Delete commands.
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