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DECforms overview

DECforms is a software product for the development and deployment of forms-based user interfaces for interactive applications running on OpenVMS systems. Not only does DECforms provide a complete user interface management system (UIMS) that gives applications the look and feel of a forms interface, DECforms also supplies a robust set of dialog management and validation functions to control the user interface at application run time.

DECforms greatly simplifies overall system development, testing, and maintenance by separating forms processing code from application code. DECforms enables software developers to target multiple types of users with a single application, by allowing them to tailor user interfaces to specific user needs.

DECforms was designed with performance-sensitive transaction processing (TP) environments in mind. It can serve as a powerful front-end for either distributed or centralized TP applications, including the ACMS TP monitor.

Using DECforms has many benefits, including:

  • Runs on the full range of VAX, Alpha, and Integrity servers
  • Supports both Motif- and VT-based development
  • Supports forms presentation on VT-based character cell terminals, PC-based terminal emulators, Motif workstations, X-terminals, and Web browsers (in conjunction with the DECforms Web Connector
  • Makes applications easier to learn and use
  • Full internationalization features
  • Supports business-critical applications

Typical DECforms applications

Typical DECforms applications include:
  • Claims processing
  • Order entry
  • Human resources
  • Inventory control
  • Shop floor control
  • Banking