Installing the Help and AppViewer locally on your desktop
By Rick Finley-Oracle on Feb 15, 2012
The Application Viewer is an online, interactive tool that shows the details of the system application algorithms and object architecture. It is used primarily to support on-site configuration designers and development teams. The Application Viewer provides an interactive data dictionary that describes the database schema and graphically illustrates relationships among tables. The data dictionary lists every table in the system. For each table, the fields are shown, along with a visual representation of the foreign key relationships for the table being displayed. A user may follow a foreign key link by clicking on a child or parent table. Clicking on a field will display the field level attributes, including description, data type and size. Each table’s maintenance program is shown as a hyperlink, which, if selected, transfers the user to the source code viewer. The data dictionary is also linked to the online help documentation, allowing for dynamic reference of a field to the online transaction description of how it is used in the system. The application viewer also provides a source-code viewer, which is an online tool that lets users browse the source code needed for integration that executes on the application server. This feature is particularly useful when creating new plug-in algorithms or batch processes. The source code viewer supports hyperlinks to other programs and copybooks called from the starting-point program. The left frame shows the displayed program, facilitating quick navigation within the program. There is also detailed documentation available on each of the standard plug-in algorithms that are provided with the base package software.
The instructions for creating a stand-alone AppViewer can be found int he Technical Best Practices whitepaper (Doc ID 560367.1 on My Oracle Support). The following is an except:
Help and AppViewer can be used standalone
The Help and AppViewer components may be used in standalone mode (a.k.a. offline mode). This can be handy for developers, designers and architects who do wish to access up to date information without the need to connect to a
Under thelive copy of the product at their site. splapp/applications directory on V2.x/V4.x or cisdomain/applications on V1.x, there are two directories named help and appViewer. These contain the online help and AppViewer application and data. Copy these directories to your desired target machine (such as a shared drive, web server or your laptop).
Note: On some platforms the directories are contained within WAR files namedhelp.war and appViewer.war, these will need to be decompressed on the target platform using an appropriate utility such as jar from the Java SDK or 7Zip (or similar).
To operate the applications in standalone mode you will need to open the following files in your web browser:
•appViewer.html – Application Viewer startup file. It is also possible to reconfigure the behavior of the standalone copy by altering the config.xml file located in the config subdirectory of the AppViewer. SPLHelp.html – Help file located in language subdirectory (ENG = English et al).
Note: The AppViewer and Help applications are only supported in the browsers supported by the product.