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Patent Issued for System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Runtime Invocation of an Appropriate Version of Program Instructions in an...

August 7, 2014



Patent Issued for System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Runtime Invocation of an Appropriate Version of Program Instructions in an On-Demand Database

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent by the inventor Weissman, Craig (San Francisco, CA), filed on August 15, 2008, was published online on July 22, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8788510 is assigned to salesforce.com, inc. (San Francisco, CA).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The subject matter discussed in the background section should not be assumed to be prior art merely as a result of its mention in the background section. Similarly, a problem mentioned in the background section or associated with the subject matter of the background section should not be assumed to have been previously recognized in the prior art. The subject matter in the background section merely represents different approaches, which in and of themselves may also be inventions.

"In conventional database systems, users access their data resources in one logical database. A user of such a conventional system typically retrieves data from and stores data on the system using the user's own systems. A user system might remotely access one of a plurality of server systems that might in turn access the database system. Data retrieval from the system might include the issuance of a query from the user system to the database system. The database system might process the request for information received in the query and send to the user system information relevant to the request.

"There is often a desire to develop various applications for extending capabilities of the aforementioned database systems. To date, however, such applications have typically been developed in a manner independent of an intended application environment in which the developed application will operate. As a result, there is an increased chance that the developed application will not operate properly in such environment. This, in turn, may lead to various shortcomings in application migration, etc."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for runtime invocation of an appropriate version of program instructions in an on-demand database service. These mechanisms and methods for providing such runtime invocation can enable embodiments to ensure that new versions of developed applications will operate in the same application environment of a previous version. The ability of embodiments to provide such runtime invocation may lead to an improved application migration development/runtime framework, etc.

"In an embodiment and by way of example, a method is provided for runtime invocation of an appropriate version of program instructions in an on-demand database service. In use, program instructions of an application are received at an on-demand database service. Additionally, a version of the program instructions to be invoked is determined. Furthermore, an appropriate portion of the program instructions is invoked based on the determined version. By this framework, program instructions may be invoked for an expected application version.

"While the present invention is described with reference to an embodiment for providing runtime invocation of an appropriate version of program instructions for a multi-tenant database on-demand service, the present invention is not limited to multi-tenant databases or deployment on application servers. Embodiments may be practiced using other database architectures, i.e., ORACLE.RTM., DB2.RTM. and the like without departing from the scope of the embodiments claimed.

"Any of the above embodiments may be used alone or together with one another in any combination. Inventions encompassed within this specification may also include embodiments that are only partially mentioned or alluded to or are not mentioned or alluded to at all in this brief summary or in the abstract. Although various embodiments of the invention may have been motivated by various deficiencies with the prior art, which may be discussed or alluded to in one or more places in the specification, the embodiments of the invention do not necessarily address any of these deficiencies. In other words, different embodiments of the invention may address different deficiencies that may be discussed in the specification. Some embodiments may only partially address some deficiencies or just one deficiency that may be discussed in the specification, and some embodiments may not address any of these deficiencies."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Weissman, Craig. System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Runtime Invocation of an Appropriate Version of Program Instructions in an On-Demand Database. U.S. Patent Number 8788510, filed August 15, 2008, and published online on July 22, 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=8788510.PN.&OS=PN/8788510RS=PN/8788510

Keywords for this news article include: inc., salesforce.com inc.

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