19th Large Installation System Administration ConferenceAbstract
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A1: Spreadsheet-based Scripting for Developing Web Tools
Eben M. Haber, Eser Kandogan, Allen Cypher, Paul P. Maglio, and Rob Barrett, IBM Almaden Research Center
A1 is a Java-based spreadsheet environment that enables system administrators to build small tools that simplify and automate common tasks, integrating real-time data across heterogeneous systems. A1 spreadsheets can be saved to a central repository, where they are published and shared as interactive web portlets. In this paper, we discuss the need for administrators to create their own tools, how the A1 environment is designed to support this need, and how A1's support for web publishingwithout requiring special web programmingcan enable teams to share, modify, and improve their tools. We also discuss the design and implementation of A1, and show a number of sample spreadsheets for various administration tasks.
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