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Patent Issued for Software Development Automated Analytics

June 19, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Zimmermann, Thomas M. J. (Bellevue, WA); Bird, Christian A. (Bellevue, WA); Nagappan, Nachiappan (Redmond, WA), filed on June 22, 2011, was published online on June 3, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8745572, is Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Making decisions in software development is often difficult because stakeholders often do not have all the information that they desire for a well-informed decision. For example, the stakeholder may not have information about which parts of a software system should be tested because the parts had high numbers of bugs in the past. Another example can relate to the fact that the stakeholder does not know the impact of distributed development on the quality of a software system. Such examples can broadly be summarized as analytics questions."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The discussion relates to automated software development analytics. One implementation can access a database related to a software development project. The database can include both software code and non-code metadata. The implementation can analyze the non-code metadata and the software code to identify parameters. It can relate the parameters to aspects of the software development project. The implementation can cause a graphical user interface to be presented that conveys an individual aspect.

"The above listed example is intended to provide a quick reference to aid the reader and is not intended to define the scope of the concepts described herein."

For more information, see this patent: Zimmermann, Thomas M. J.; Bird, Christian A.; Nagappan, Nachiappan. Software Development Automated Analytics. U.S. Patent Number 8745572, filed June 22, 2011, and published online on June 3, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Software, Microsoft Corporation.

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Source: Computer Weekly News