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From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present invention relates to a method, system, and article of manufacture for developing software components and capability testing procedures for testing coded software component.
"An integrated development environment (IDE), also known as an integrated design environment and integrated debugging environment, comprises a computer program or development tool that assists computer programmers in developing software. IDEs normally consist of a source code editor, a compiler and/or interpreter, build-automation tools, and (usually) a debugger. Sometimes a version control system and various tools to simplify the construction of a GUI are integrated as well.
"During program development, developers of program components, comprising the functions that perform and implement the product operations defined during a high level design phase, may develop tools and other programs to test the components they are developing. Different developers working on different components may separately develop different test programs to test their components. Component developers often develop unit tests that test their specific functions without considering the effects of their component operations on other components. For instance, in the 'extreme programming' paradigm, component developers test their components while coding the component. Each component developer may create different test modules. In many situations, component developers do not leverage the testing efforts of others.
"Other software development techniques include the use of unit test tools, such as Jtest.RTM., C++ test, Ctest. (Jtest is a registered trademark of
"There is a need in the art for improved techniques for developing software and capability testing procedures for testing software components and their interaction."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Software components and capability testing procedures for testing coded software components are developed by generating documentation describing capability test test cases used to test components implementing operations of the software product. Capability test programs are generated implementing the capability test test cases for the components, wherein component developers use the capability test programs to test components during the development and coding of the components. Documentation is generated describing component abstract test cases incorporating information on capability test test cases. Component test programs are generated implementing the component abstract test cases for the components and utilizing capability test programs, wherein each component test program tests one component for at least one test case specified in the component abstract test case documentation for the component. The capability test programs and component test programs are stored in a shared repository accessible to multiple developers and testers of the software product. A software development program is deployed to the developers and testers developing the software product to enable the developers and testers to execute groups of component test programs in the shared repository to test the components during different phases of the development of the software product."
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