is a set of interrelated Java software packages
that work together to automatically manage the process
of issuing, formatting, recording and labeling CD-R
main components comprise CD-Q:
of these packages (JobFind, JobQ, and JobAdmin)
are core programs that reside on the host computer
that controls system CD-R hardware resources. The
fourth package, JobInfo, is a client Java application
that can be freely distributed to CD-Q network users.
It is the default method used to create JobTickets
disc production job submitted to CD-Q is defined
by a JobTicket. A JobTicket is a simple ASCII text
file that describes the disc production job to the
CD-Q server software. JobTickets can be created
by JobInfo, as well as by batch files, shell scripts,
and third-party application programs. Much of CD-Q's
power and flexibility derives from the simplicity
of the JobTicket and the ease with which JobTickets
can be created.
of the information in the JobTicket is automatically
generated by information contained in the CD-Q configuration
files. If an empty JobTicket is submitted, the default
values contained in the configuration files will
fill in the missing parameters to form a complete
and JobQ search for JobTickets in designated search
directories. JobFind and JobQ distinguish between
JobTickets by their filename extensions.
looks for JobTickets associated with files that
require "premastering" (CD-R image formatting).
JobTickets that require premastering are identified
by a *.FRD extension.
looks for JobTickets associated with image files
(a set of files that have already been premastered).
JobTickets that are ready for recording are identified
by a *.PRD extension.
premasters the source data set into a preformatted
image and stages it for JobQ.
performs the actual CD-recording tasks. It searches
the directories for formatted disc images (*.PRD
files) and prioritizes them relative to the information
contained in the JobTickets.
by JobFind and/or JobQ can traverse multiple directories,
allowing a great deal of flexibility when assigning
search directories to users. Search directories
can be allocated to projects, groups, departments,
is designed to increase productivity by minimizing
the amount of time that users must spend creating
discs. It is the mass storage version of "fire and
forget," a term usually used to describe smart weapons
that guide themselves to the target once they have
been released. In CD-Q's case, the user clicks a
mouse button and the software does the rest.
a JobTicket with JobInfo takes only a few seconds,
and users can learn how to use the application within
a few minutes.
the JobTicket has been created, it is placed into
one of CD-Q's scan directories. Then, at the next
designated search interval, CD-Q finds the JobTicket
and processes the dataset associated with it. The
JobTicket itself is also processed as the dataset
is processed, and its name (filename extension)
is changed to reflect the current status of the
seamless CD-R creation, CD-Q can be easily integrated
into custom applications, without the need for extensive
recoding or using complex APIs. This owes to the
simplicity of the text-based JobTicket. Wrapping
simple scripts around an application lets the application
automatically generate JobTickets upon an event
occurrence or other trigger. There are virtually
an infinite number of potential applications for
CD-Q, with limitless implementations and variations