The Applications menu found in Author mode differs from the one found in User mode in that it is used to create, modify and delete EASAPs under development, as opposed to just finding and selecting published EASAPs. There are four selections under the Applications menu in Author mode:
The New selection under the Applications menu is used to create a new EASAP. Upon selecting New, the Create New EASAP page will appear, and you then just click on the Create button to create a new EASAP. All newly created EASAPs will be called ‘New EASAP’ or ‘New EASAP (*)’, where ‘*’ will be a number. The second format occurs when an EASAP with the name ‘New EASAP’ already exists. All EASAPs can and should be given new names. See GUI of an EASAP for details on renaming an EASAP.
To modify one of your existing EASAPs, you use EASA→Applications→My EASAPs menu. This selection takes you to the page containing a table of your EASAPs. The figure below provides an example of the table found in My EASAPs.
The table of My EASAPs has the following columns:
Upon selecting an EASAP for further development, you will be brought to the Selected EASAP page. From this page, you can open EASAP Builder, the main tool for developing EASAPs, by clicking on the EASAP Builder link. More details on EASAP Builder are provided at Using the EASAP Builder.
Beyond that described above, the table of My EASAPs behaves in a similar fashion to the My Workspace of User mode (see Table of Saved EASAPs). It also can be searched as in My Workspace of User mode (see Searching for EASAPs).
When you click on the Import button () for an EASAP in the table on either the My EASAPs or All EASAPs pages, you will be brought to the Update EASAP page. On this page, the process for updating an EASAP is relatively simple. All you do is select the
*.easap file, which contains the updated version of the EASAP, using the Browse button, and then click on the Import button to update the development version of the EASAP. EASAP files (
*.easap) are generated using the Export EASAP functionality as described in the next section.
Note: There is a possibility that you will receive a warning message after updating an EASAP stating that a certain software item does not exist. This problem can be rectified either by changing the EASAP (see Coupling To Software Applications) or adding the software item in Compute Server Configuration (see Configuring Compute Servers).
When you click on the Export button () for an EASAP in the table on either the My EASAPs or All EASAPs pages, you will be brought to the Export EASAP page. On this page, you first determine the content of the exported EASAP by selecting which of the three optional modules you wanted included:
Next, you click on the Export button and then save the exported EASAP as a
*.easap file on your computer’s disk drive.
Note: Use of the Export EASAP functionality is a prerequisite to the Import EASAPs functionality, which imports
*.easap files, as described at Importing EASAPs.
EASA→Applications→All EASAPs takes you to the page containing a table of all existing EASAPs. The table of All EASAPs behaves in the same manner as the table of My EASAPs. (see My EASAPs).
Note: Authors can restrict other authors from seeing their EASAPs under All EASAPs by applying a Password to protect it. If you do not want other authors to have access to one of your EASAPs, then you should apply a password to it. (See the PROPERTIES object for details.)
Several example EASAPs are packaged into EASA and are accessible via the All EASAPs page. These example EASAPs are provided as references for you when you begin authoring your own EASAPs.
Note: These example EASAPs will not necessarily run in your EASA system because they may require underlying software applications to which you do not have access. However, if you do have the right software applications, some of the examples can be made to run on your system.
The Import EASAPs selection under the Applications menu takes you to a page that allows you to import a new EASAP into your EASA system. The process for importing an EASAP is relatively simple. All you do is select the
*.easap file, which contains the EASAP of interest, using the Browse button, and then click on the Import button to add the EASAP to your EASA system. The new EASAP will then appear in the table under My EASAPs. EASAP files (
*.easap) are generated using the Export EASAP functionality as described in Exporting EASAPs.