DIBA Software Consultants
From OS/2 to MVS

Welcome to DIBA

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DIBA Software Consultants is a small computer consulting company that builds better software. We develop both commercial and custom software for IBM PCs, IBM Mainframes, and the internet.


Who is DIBA??

DIBA is Diane Walker. DIBA Software Consultants is a sole proprietorship owned by Diane. She has a friendly group of associates and subcontractors whose wide range of expertise allow the company to accept many different types of contracts. Of course her most important associate is Barry, her husband.

You're invited to read Diane's resume which will take you from COBOL to Assembler, VISUAL BASIC and VX-REXX to C/C++, mainframes to PCs, from applications programming through systems programming and finally to consulting..

You can read Barry's resume. He started out doing hardware, migrated to programming, systems programming, and systems design and architecture. He's the most knowledgeable person about MVS internals that I know!

You can browse DIBA's associates' resumes. It's a mighty talented group of associates we've got here! This is only a partial list. More resumes will be posted soon.

Ace Webstead, web site construction at www.websteads.com. This is DIBA's web development division.

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dibaware for OS/2

DIBA has several neat in-house utilities which were written just for DIBA. We're pretty proud of them and thought you might get a kick out of them. You may browse Cool OS/2ools for a more comprehensive description of the samplings listed below.

One launch pad wasn't enough for me, so we wrote Launchit.

Boy, did we ever waste a lot of paper until we wrote DJPrint which handles 2-sided text printing.

My desktop was a mess, so we wrote TidyDesk.

TidyDesk was too quick so we wrote DelayStart.

But I want to create my OWN sound scheme! So we are writing Sounder.
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OS/2

OS/2 is IBM's operating system for the PC. We believe it is the BEST operating system for PC's currently available today. Click here to find links to a bunch of neat OS/2 pages.

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Cool OS/2ools

We have tools that add launchpads, print 2-sided text, tidy up desktops, delay desktop setup, and let me build sound schemes.

Launchit

OS/2 Warp came along just in time. My desktop was turning into a bewildering array of folders within folders in an attempt to keep all of the assorted things I work on and with organized. Launch pads seemed like a good answer, but you only got one. So, Barry wrote Launchit, a quickie Launch Pad creation and management aid. Now I have launch pads within launch pads, but it's a lot easier and faster to use than the folders, and the launching of launch pads from the original launch pad has pretty much eliminated the clutter. I have organized my launch pads by type of work, which means I rarely need more than one open at a time.

DJPrint

I get a lot of work coding at home, and like to print the source. Using the normal drag and drop print to do this quickly got ridiculous. We ended up with a huge mess of unidentifiable code fragments on separate sheets of paper. To make matters worse, our printer is an HP Deskjet 560C, which is a fine printer, except for its annoying habit of printing the pages out first to last, right side up (and therefore, in the wrong order). Largely in self defense, Barry wrote DJPrint, which adds file titles, date/timestamps, and page numbers to each page, and prints them in reverse order to avoid collating after each print job. To save some money, He added two sided print capabilities and a spooler interface process that permits reprinting of pages or entire jobs. He also added some simple formatting capabilities (margin spacing for hole punched paper, page and line size options), and some nice bells and whistles that took advantage of the printer's capabilities and the desktop environment. I can create a particular output configuration using the printer's capabilities (landscape print, font selection) and create a desktop object. DJPrint fires up directly from this object, presenting file and alternate configuration selection options, or I can just drop a file on it and it will print using the specific configuration. I keep a quickie, one sided small file object, a two sided object, and a Landscape object on my desktop(they're really in a launch-pad drawer!). These handle most text print requirements..

TidyDesk

You can arrange your desktop ICONs, but not all programs can or will remember where and how big you want your windows. And some just refuse to start minimized when you want them to. To fix this, Barry wrote TidyDesk, which lets you specify actions (MIN, RESTORE, FOCUS) and locations for any windows that are active when you run the program. You fire up the things you expect to be keeping around, then run TidyDesk in 'setup' mode. It allows you define the actions, in order to be taken for specific windows. You can move them where you want them and then have the program read and remember the windows' position. When all done you can save the actions as a set of commands that the program will execute when it runs. This has the effect of arranging the open windows on your desktop. If some are missing, it's no problem, TidyDesk just handles the ones it finds. It even supports partial window title recognition (for those pesky apps that use the date or filename as part of the window title).

DelayedStart

I wanted my machine to boot and run TidyDesk while I went off to do other things. Unfortunately, TidyDesk doesn't work well in the STARTUP folder, as it tends to run before the windows you want to arrange are active. So, Barry wrote DelayedStart. It runs a timer process that doesn't do anything until it expires (you can set the time to an arbitrarily large number of seconds). When the timer expires, it starts whatever program objects (or shadows of program objects) are in the Delayed Start folder (which it creates the first time you run it to set the time delay).

Sounder

Well, we got Merlin, which supports sound schemes. But it gives you no way to create or manage them, so we're writing a utility for this, too.. Who knows, it might even be good enough for Shareware.

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Questions and Comments

Have a question or need assistance? For additional information on DIBA Software Consultants' products and services, please send e-mail to diba@walkersweb.org, or phone us at 1 301-948-5755.

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