The patent's assignee for patent application serial number 400451 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present specification describes features which build on the applicant's earlier Microgen Aptitude products. For example features of Microgen Aptitude V3.00 are described in the applicant's earlier European Patent Application No. 10196007.8 (Publication No. 2,354,925) and a number of other applications. Microgen Aptitude V3.00 is a development of
"Aptitude is a program with a graphical interface which allows users to create complex applications without knowledge of traditional programming languages. Graphical elements, also referred to as icons, can be connected together using graphical links in order to create graphical models of processes and rules which are later converted into computer instructions.
"Conventionally, computer programs are written in a programming language such as Cobol, Pascal, C++ or Java. The programs so produced consist of a set of files containing 'source code' which is simply text written using the lexicon and obeying the syntax of the language. The source code is then compiled or translated into machine code and executed. The development environment for producing, managing and compiling these programs is called an 'IDE' or Integrated Development Environment; 'Integrated' because it normally comprises a set of tools such as compilers, linkers, debuggers, etc.
"The programs in the source code files often 'call' each other forming links or dependencies between them. It should be noted that the source code files and their links do not represent the logical 'structure' of the software as a particular functional component such as a business rule may be coded in a large number of files with multiple dependencies so there is no clear correspondence between a source code file and particular piece of functionality.
"More recently, programs designed for commercial applications have been divided into layers where the layers comprise different 'models' of the final program. Typically the models are defined using source code. Essentially each layer is a collection of one or more models of the same type. Such models may for example be concerned with Business Rules, Data Flow, Screen Presentation, Database, etc. as shown in FIG. 1.
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