Base Module Description
- provides the base functions and features
for the other MCM modules
- includes monitors, transfer directory,
log files, user interface, APIs, etc.
- usually (but not necessarily) needed
in the MCM installation
Manycom Message Base (MCM Base) is an
optional module of Manycom Message (MCM), a comprehensive
software package for automated messaging and file transfer.
The Base module is the 'soul' or engine
of the MCM product. It consists of the common functions and
features needed by the other modules (e.g. Email, Fax
for sending and receiving messages and files. It provides
also the user interface displays, APIs, basic data conversion,
and other base features.
MCM Base includes also basic features
for data conversion and automated operations. The optional
modules Data File Conversion and Advanced Automation may be
needed for more advanced operations.
For more information about the general
structure of MCM, see the MCM
Product description and the MCM configuration in Try
MCM Base consists of the general features
and functions such as:
Supported AS/400 object types
The end users can create a new or select
practically any existing 'original' AS/400 object type such
as an OfficeVision/400 document, a PC file in an AS/400 shared
folder, an AS/400 database file, a spool file, or a 'short
message', and then request to send it as any supported message
or file transfer type to one or multiple receivers.
MCM automatically takes care of the needed
conversions and sending of the messages in the background.
The above described functionality apply
also when sending from applications, although the applications
typically send via the MCM APIs only database and spool files.
When receiving different messages, MCM
performs automatically the needed data conversions, and saves
the output into work files (AS/400 data base files) in the
configured libraries, or saves the messages and files in stream
files in the configured directories.
The automation features included in
the MCM Base
Generally, MCM base and the configured
messaging and file transfer modules together include all the
needed features for sending messages and files automatically
from the user interface screens and from the applications
via the MCM APIs.
MCM Base is also capable to take care
of the automatic receiving operations, when retrieving the
messages, files and the related control information from the
servers, e.g. POP3 or FTP servers.
The Advanced Automation module is needed
only for advanced sending automation, if the application doesn't
call the MCM API, but instead MCM should poll the desired
libraries, directories or output queues in order to find out
the messages or files to send out. Advanced Automation is
also necessary for polling and identifying the received messages
and data files in order to start the proper applications to
process them. The identification is based on the name, subject
or contents of the messages and files.