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Business Computing-2-July-Dec-14

Business Computing-2-July-Dec-14

Section A (20 Marks)

Write short notes on any four of the following:

  1. Spreadsheets
  2. Slide Animation
  3. Network Protocols
  4. Characteristics of Algorithm
  5. Structure of C Program

 

Section B (30 marks)

(Attempt any three)

  1. Discuss the steps involved in solving any problem. Distinguish between “Sequence Logic” execution and “Selection Logic”.
  2. How can we define array in different ways in different languages? Illustrate.
  3. What are the basic data types? Discuss the concept of composite data types with example.
  4. Explain various operators used in c++. Illustrate the concept of if-statement and if-else     Statement with example.

 

Section C (50 marks)

(Attempt all questions. Every question carries 10 marks)

Read the case “Solution Provider “Lights Up” Its Industrial Automation Software on Windows 7” and answer the following questions:

 

Case Study: Solution Provider “Lights Up” Its Industrial Automation Software on Windows 7

ICONICS is a leading global provider of industrial automation software used to monitor and control operations. The company’s software commonly runs on industrial computers with touch screens, where it needs to enable customers to visualize and interact with 3-D representations of complex physical systems in natural, realistic ways. ICONICS is meeting that need by building on new features in Windows 7 such as support for multitouch, Jump Lists, and the Windows Taskbar, which enable users to interact with its software using natural gestures and fewer steps.

By “lighting up” its software on Windows 7 in these ways, which took very little developer effort, ICONICS is providing a richer application experience for its customers and is gaining a strong market advantage over its competitors.

Situation

Founded in 1986, ICONICS is a leading global provider of industrial automation software used to monitor and control operations, with more than 225,000 installations in 60 countries. The company’s solutions support mission-critical operations and business processes across a broad variety of industries and are installed in organizations such as London’s Heathrow Airport, Merrill Lynch, Ontario Power, the Transneft pipeline, and the Pentagon. ICONICS has offices in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, India, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, and across the United State. In 2008, with Windows 7 Beta becoming available, ICONICS once again bgan to look at how a new version of Windows could enable a better customer experience. “With the initial development of GENESIS64, we had to do a lot of work to align with the new architecture of Windows Vista,” says Agrusa. “With Windows 7, because it’s based on the same architecture as Windows Vista, our approach was similar to Microsoft’s in developing the Windows 7 operating system—that is, how to build on an existing, stable product architecture to make new things possible and existing tasks faster and easier.”

ICONICS focused on how solutions that customers develop using GENESIS64 are typically deployed and used. “Industrial automation applications commonly run on industrial computers with touch screens and are used for equipment monitoring and control by operators who may be in a control room or on the shop floor,” says Agrusa. “Within those environments, we need to enable uesers to visualize and interact with 3-D representations of complex physical systems in natural, realistic ways. For example, an operator may need to visualize a holding tank

that has pipes coming out the front and back. If there’s an alarm condition on the valve for the pipe in the back, we need to enable the customer to easily spin the tank around on the screen and react to the alarm condition more quickly, with fewer steps.”

Solution

Scheduled for release in late 2009, the next version of GENESIS64 builds on several new features in Windows 7 to deliver a richer user experience. “When we first got our hands on Windows 7, we examined the operating system closely to see what was new and how we could best take advantage of it, quickly zeroing in on features such as multitouch and the Windows Taskbar,” says Agrusa. “Because we were already on Windows Vista, getting the most out of Windows 7 was easy—a natural progression of the work we had already done.”

Multitouch Gestures: Making New Things Possible

Perhaps the most useful new Windows 7 feature that ICONICS built on is support for multitouch gestures, which enables users to control what happens on a touch screen by using their fingers. For example, users can zoom in on part of the screen by moving two fingers apart, or zoom out by moving two fingers closer together. Similarly, users can rotate an image on the screen by moving one finger around another, or can right-click by holding one finger on

the target and tapping the screen with a second finger. “With single-touch, where people could only use one finger, it took several more steps to accomplish a simple task,” says Tim Donaldson, Director of Marketing at ICONICS. “For example, to zoom in on an area on the screen, users had to click on the toolbar, select zoom mode, drag to select a rectangular area, and then turn zoom mode off—essentially mimicking what they would do with a mouse using one finger. With multitouch, users can accomplish the same goals much faster— often with a single, intuitive gesture. For example, if a user needs to rotate the view of a holding tank to see a valve on the back, he or she can just rotate one finger around the other to spin the tank around on the screen.”

Development and Logo Certification

ICONICS developed the new version of GENESIS64 using the Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite development system, with Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server used for source code control and other aspects of application lifecycle management. The application is based on the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, which is included in Windows 7. Developers also used the Windows API Code Pack for the .NET Framework, which provides a source code library that can be used to access many of the new Windows 7 features (and some existing features of older versions of Windows) from managed code. ICONICS has already obtained a “Compatible with Windows 7” logo for the version of GENESIS64 that it developed for Windows Vista and expects the process to be just as easy for the new version. “Obtaining a ‘Compatible with Windows 7’ logo didn’t require any changes to GENESIS64 itself—only a few minor tweaks to the installation routines,” says Chris Elsbree, Chief Architect at ICONICS. “We fully expect the process to be just as painless for the new version of GENESIS64.”

Windows 7

Works the way you want: Windows 7 will help your organization use information technology to gain a competitive advantage in today’s new world of work. Your people will be able to be more productive anywhere. You will be able to support your mobile work force with better access to shared data and collaboration tools. And your IT staff will have better tools and technologies to help enhance corporate IT security, protect data, and efficiently deploy and manage systems.

 

Question:

  1. Discuss the most useful new Windows 7 feature used by ICONICS.
  2. Discuss the multi touch gestures.  
  3. Describe the background of ICONICS.
  4. Write the main features of Windows 7.
  5. Discuss about GENESIS64.
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