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Patent Application Titled "Content Space Environment Representation" Published Online

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Boden, Edward B. (Highland, NY); Pioli, Anthony F. (Bedford, MA), filed on January 15, 2013, was made available online on July 24, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is International Business Machines Corporation.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates generally to processing within a computing environment, and more particularly to the content space representation of physical and software prerequisites of a software application, component or system.

"The disciplines involved across activities of software development such as architecture, physical and logical design, interface design, programming and unit test, function verification test, and the project management of all of these activities benefits from a having a complete description of the software under development. Although a complete description of a system under development is ideal, the various individuals involved in the software development process often do not operate at the same level of abstraction. I.e., business users may be able to define the goals of the application, but may not be able to articulate them at the level of detail that a software developer needs in order to complete a project. Similarly, software development experts may understand the application's code, but may not able to provide testers with the information they need to properly build and perform tests.

"The disciplines involved across the activities of software development, such as architecture, physical and logical design, interface design, programming and unit testing, function verification testing, and the project management of all of these activities, benefits from a having a complete description of the software under development."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "An embodiment includes a computer implemented method for content space environment representation. The method includes selecting one or more platform attributes for a software content space. The software content space includes one or more noun spaces. A platform space is created for each noun space in the software content space. The platform space is compatible with the noun space. A set of user stories is generated on a computer using the software content space and platform specification compatible with existing content space system specifications.

"An additional embodiment includes a computer program product for content space environment representation. The computer program product includes a tangible storage medium that is readable by a processing circuit and stores instructions for execution by the processing circuit for performing a method. The method includes selecting one or more platform attributes for a software content space. The software content space includes one or more noun spaces. A platform space is created for each noun space in the software content space. The platform space is compatible with the noun space. A set of user stories is generated on a computer using the software content space and platform specification compatible with existing content space system specifications.

"A further embodiment includes a system for content space environment representation. The system includes a computer processor and a content space environment representation module. The content space environment representation module is executable by the computer processer. The system is configured to perform a method. The method includes selecting one or more platform attributes for a software content space. The software content space includes one or more noun spaces. A platform space is created for each noun space in the software content space. The platform space is compatible with the noun space. A set of user stories is generated using the software content space and platform specification compatible with existing content space system specifications.

"Additional features and advantages are realized through the techniques of the present invention. Other embodiments and aspects of the invention are described in detail herein and are considered a part of the claimed invention. For a better understanding of the invention with advantages and features, refer to the description and to the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"Referring now to the drawings wherein like elements are numbered alike in the several FIGURES:

"FIG. 1 depicts a schematic diagram of a system content space environment representation for automated code coverage measurement and tracking per user story and requirement that may be implemented by an embodiment;

"FIG. 2 depicts a visualization of a content space with the addition of environment subspace in an embodiment; and

"FIG. 3 depicts a process flow for creating a platform space in an embodiment."

For more information, see this patent application: Boden, Edward B.; Pioli, Anthony F. Content Space Environment Representation. Filed January 15, 2013 and posted July 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=177&p=4&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140717.PD.&OS=PD/20140717&RS=PD/20140717

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

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