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Patent Issued for Parallel Development of a Software System

July 3, 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 Clemm, Geoffrey M. (Concord, MA); Komar, Paul (Lexington, MA); Mehra, Maneesh (Westford, MA), filed on November 2, 2011, was published online on June 17, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8756566, is International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "One or more embodiments disclosed within this specification relate to parallel development of a software system using a software configuration management (SCM) system.

"An SCM system helps to coordinate the actions of many developers while working on a complex software system. During the development process, the SCM system can manage operations such as version control among the various software assets that are generated and/or updated as part of the software system under development. The SCM system further helps to coordinate activities conducted across different versions of the software system. For example, the SCM system can coordinate updates or fixes that must be carried forward from one release to the next inclusive of updates or fixes that must be propagated from an older release to a newer release still under development."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "One or more embodiments disclosed within this specification relate to parallel development of a software system using a software configuration management system.

"An embodiment can include computer program products for software configuration management. The computer program product(s) can include a computer readable storage medium having computer readable program code embodied therewith. The computer readable program code can be configured to implement or perform the various functions and/or operations disclosed within this specification.

"For example, the operations can include removing a selected section from a first artifact in a first stream, wherein the first artifact includes a plurality of sections, and creating a second artifact including the selected section in the first stream. At least one other section of the plurality of sections is not included in the second artifact. An annotation can be generated specifying the first artifact, a range within the first artifact corresponding to the selected section, and the second artifact into which the selected section is moved.

"In another example, the operations can include selecting a first artifact in a first stream, including content of the first artifact within a second artifact in the first stream, and generating an annotation indicating that the first artifact no longer exists in the first stream and indicating that the second artifact includes the content of the first artifact.

"In still another example, the operations can include selecting an artifact within a first directory tree component within a first stream, creating a copy of the artifact within a second directory tree component within the first stream, and generating an annotation indicating that the copy of the artifact from the first directory tree component is included in the second directory tree component.

"One or more other embodiments can include a system configured for software configuration management. The system can include a processor that is configured to initiate the functions and/or operations described within this specification."

For more information, see this patent: Clemm, Geoffrey M.; Komar, Paul; Mehra, Maneesh. Parallel Development of a Software System. U.S. Patent Number 8756566, filed November 2, 2011, and published online on June 17, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8756566.PN.&OS=PN/8756566RS=PN/8756566

Keywords for this news article include: Software, International Business Machines Corporation.

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Source: Computer Weekly News