The patent's assignee is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention is in the field of methods and computer program products for source control execution path locking
"Source code (commonly just source or code) is any sequence of statements and/or declarations written in some human-readable computer programming language. Programming languages are artificial languages that can be used to control the behavior of a machine, particularly a computer. More specifically, a programming language is used to write computer programs, which instruct a computer to perform some kind of computation, and possibly control external devices.
"To ensure that a computer program is complete, precise and accurate, software development projects often employ hundreds of software developers to write and edit the program code. In such cases, it is common for multiple software developers to work on a program code at the same time such as, for example, editing different or the same sections of the program code."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "An embodiment of the invention provides a method for source control in a computer program, wherein the computer program includes a plurality of files for execution of a plurality of processes. A revised process that is selected by a user on a graphical user interface is identified, wherein the revised process includes an execution path. A revised portion of a file in the revised process that the user is revising, has revised, and/or is planning on revising is identified.
"Portions of files that are in the execution path of the revised process are identified. This includes identifying all nodes above the revised portion of the file in an execution tree of the revised process, and identifying all nodes below the revised portion of the file in the execution tree of the revised process. The portions of the files in the execution path of the revised process are locked with a source control processor. The locking disallows revisions (e.g., write and delete operations) to the portions of the files in the execution path of the revised process that are not made by the user.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
"The present invention is described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the drawings, like reference numbers indicate identical or functionally similar elements.
"FIG. 1 is a flow diagram illustrating a method for source control execution path locking according to an embodiment of the invention;
"FIG. 2 illustrates a source code according to an embodiment of the invention;
"FIG. 3 is a flow diagram illustrating a method for source control in a computer program according to an embodiment of the invention;
"FIG. 4 illustrates a computer program according to an embodiment of the invention; and
"FIG. 5 illustrates a computer program product according to an embodiment of the invention."
For additional information on this patent application, see: DeLucca, Albert A.;
Keywords for this news article include: Software, Programming Language,
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