An introduction to the ISIS interactive information system

by Herb Shukiar, Charles H. Bush, Robert C. Gammill


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Describes in a tutorial manner ISIS, an interactive database management system developed on the PDPII computer under the UNIX timesharing system. ISIS, designed for computer-naive users, uses an English-like command language to give the user the ability to view, modify, and otherwise reorganize his database. ISIS operates on databases of modest size, exploiting the unique characteristics associated with such databases. The tutorial focus is tactical command and control, but ISIS is more generally applicable. The report introduces the ISIS command language in stages, and the user with access to RAND's PDPII/70 can try ISIS out on the command and control database utilized in the report. The report also discusses the system development philosophy adopted during ISIS implementation.

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