About this Guide

The Installation Guide contains instructions for installing Panther. This includes setting up the initial configuration on server and client machines. It also discusses system requirements, contents of the installation package, licensing, and linking in databases.

The guide assumes that the person doing the installation is a system administrator or someone familiar with Windows operating systems.

Organization of this Guide

This guide includes the following information:

In addition, appendices provide information on modifications you can make to the distributed initialization files, background information on licensing including license utility programs, and the format and content of the password-enabled license file.


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Panther Documentation

The Panther documentation set is available online as part of the Panther distribution and on a separate Windows documentation CD. It includes the following guides and reference material, as illustrated in Figure -#-:

Installation-Instructions for installing software and licensing for Panther and its Prolifics products in the following books: JetNet Installation, TUXEDO Installation, 2-Tier/COM/MTS Installation, Panther for IBM WebSphere Installation, and 2-Tier Installation (UNIX).

New Features Guide-Information about new features in Panther, including Java support, enhanced three-tier and Web functionality, new properties, new library functions, and, for Windows 32-bit platforms, tab controls, dockable toolbars, and component development.

Upgrade Guide-Information for upgrading from JAM to Panther.

Getting Started-Introduction to the Panther framework, its Prolifics products, and the tutorial, with step-by-step instructions that help you get started with understanding, setting up and developing either a two- or three-tier Panther application.

Developer's Guide-Introduction and process of how to use Prolifics products to build n-tier Panther applications. As the major developer's manual, it includes information for each step of the development path.

Web Developer's Guide-Introduction and process of how to build and deploy a Panther web application.

Using the Editors-Instructions for using the Panther graphical authoring environment-the editor, screen and report wizards, JIF editor, menu bar editor, and styles editor-to build two- and three-tier applications.

Programming Guide- Describes JPL, Panther's scripting language, and Panther's Java programming interface. Also includes an alphabetical listings of JPL commands, built-in functions, Panther's C library functions, transaction manager commands, and database commands and variables.

Figure 1. A suggested reading path for the Panther documentation set. An asterisk (*) indicates that there are multiple versions of the book for different environments.

Reports-Instructions for using Panther's report generation utility to build, modify and run reports.

JDB-Instructions for using JDB, Panther's prototyping database, and JISQL, the interactive SQL editor for JDB. Also describes how to build SQL statements and the SQL commands available in JDB.

Database Drivers-Instructions for using Panther's database drivers. Each driver has its own section containing the information specific to that relational database engine.

Configuration-Instructions for configuring Panther on various platforms and to your preferences. Also includes information on GUI resource and initialization files.

JetNet Guide-Instructions for configuring and monitoring your three-tier Panther JetNet application.

TUXEDO Guide-Instructions for configuring and monitoring your three-tier Panther TUXEDO application.

COM/MTS Guide-Instructions for building COM components in the Panther editor and for deploying components in your Panther application using COM, DCOM, and MTS.

WebSphere Developer's Studio-Instructions for building Enterprise JavaBeans to be deployed in the WebSphere Application Server.

Collateral Documentation

The following information is also provided with your Panther installation:

Additional Help

Contact Prolifics for more information on the following services: