No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a method of configuring software applications and components, and in particular to configuring widgets in a mashup environment, such as a Web 2.0 environment.
"In an application development environment, a mashup is a composite application that is operable to integrate and present data and functionalities that are provided by different sources. The basic component of a mashup is commonly referred to as a 'widget'.
"A 'widget' is a self-contained reusable software application or component for creating or executing a task, or a piece of dynamic content. Widgets can be combined within mashups and can communicate with other applications or widgets. A widget is typically implemented as a functional user interface component such as a graphical user interface (GUI) object.
"Widgets can communicate with each other using connectors known as 'wires'. A wire has a source widget and one or more target widgets. Each widget may have a list of events that it can send and a list of events it can receive. A wire can connect an event that the source widget sends to an event that the target widget receives. The target widget can then do whatever actions it has defined for the target event.
"Web 2.0 environments allow users to generate content for interaction and viewing by other users on the World Wide Web. In widget-based Web 2.0 environments, such as Lotus.RTM. Mashups and Business Space (both available from IBM.RTM. Corporation) (Lotus and
"Widgets can be highly configurable, particularly when being used with highly configurable products such as enterprise-level software. Widgets that are to be provided in a particular product are likely to have similar aspects to configure or to be able to understand similar data."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A method, system, and/or computer program product configures widgets in a mashup environment. The mashup environment comprises a first widget having a first configuration. In response to an addition of a second widget to the mashup environment, where the second widget has a second configuration, a determination is made as to whether the first widget is related to the second widget by examining interaction relationship information between the first configuration and the second configuration. The first configuration to the second configuration are compared, and in response to determining that the first widget is related to the second widget and that the first configuration and the second configuration are different, the first configuration and/or the second configuration are updated in order to make them match one another.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
"Preferred embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the following drawings in which:
"FIG. 1 is a system within which one or more embodiments of the invention may be implemented;
"FIG. 2 is simplified view of a mashup that may be used in the system of FIG. 1;
"FIG. 3 is a flow diagram showing a method that may be carried out in one or more embodiments of the invention;
"FIG. 4 is a schematic representation of a system architecture in which the present invention can be implemented; and
"FIG. 5 is a method that may be carried out in another embodiment of the invention."
For additional information on this patent application, see: ARMSTRONG, Andrew A.; BURNS, Simon E.; MACE,
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