M. Sekoranja (JSI), S. Hunt, A. Luedeke (PSI)
Visual DCT is an EPICS configuration tool completely written in Java and therefore supported in various systems that support Java. It was developed to provide features missing in existing configuration tools as Capfast and GDCT. Visually Visual DCT resembles GDCT - records can be created, moved and linked, fields and links can be easily modified. But Visual DCT offers more: using groups, records can be grouped together in a logical block, which allows a hierarchal design. Additionally indication of data flow direction using arrows makes the design easier to understand. Visual DCT has a powerful DB parser, which allows importing existing DB and DBD files. Output file is also DB file, all comments and record order is preserved and visual data saved as comment, which allows DBs to be edited in other tools or manually. Great effort has been taken and many tricks used to optimize the performance in order to compensate for the fact that Java is an interpreted language.
Last updated: September 13, 2002
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