R. Greg Arbon, Laurie Atkinson, James Chen, and Chris A. Guida
The TPF dump analyzer (TDA) was conceived in an effort to create an intelligent programming assistant for the transaction-processing facility (TPF) programming environment where IBM System/370 assembly language is used. This particular program represents the first component of the system, which provides expert advice in the domain of solving run-time control dumps (software exceptions) in the TPF environment. This program is used by the application development, run-time cover-age, and stability staff members at Covia Technologies to provide more rapid problem diagnosis and resolution to a set of common TPF programming errors. The system has an installed base of nearly 750 users and has proven to be a useful tool in diagnosing commonly occurring errors in the TPF environment.