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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Bi-Directional Linking of Product Build Information", for Approval

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Bak, Nathan V. (Portland, OR); Olsen, David K. (Portland, OR), filed on February 21, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014.

The patent's assignee is International Business Machines Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Arrangements described herein relate to managing product builds.

"Software developers often build applications using existing components in lieu of programming entire applications from scratch. Subroutine libraries, program generators, visual programming systems and databases are examples of software technologies that have been developed to facilitate application development.

"There are a number of reasons why using existing software components is desirable. For example, the use of existing software components reduces the amount of time dedicated to writing program code. Moreover, developers can focus on high level integration of the software components into an application without necessarily having expertise to program the components themselves. Also, existing software components oftentimes have been extensively tested, thus reducing the amount of time necessary for testing and de-bugging of an application using the software components."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "One or more embodiments disclosed within this specification relate to bi-directionally linking software product build information.

"A method of bi-directionally linking software product build information can include building, via a supplier side processor, at least a first build instance of the software product and publishing the first build instance by a supplier build repository. The method also can include, responsive to an entity who is not the supplier indicating a use of the first build instance in a client product, receiving build information relating to the use of the first build instance in the client product. The method further can include publishing by the supplier build repository the build information relating to the use of the first build instance in the client product.

"Another embodiment can include a system having a processor. The processor can be configured to initiate executable operations. The executable operations can include building, via a supplier side processor, at least a first build instance of the software product and publishing the first build instance by a supplier build repository. The executable operations also can include, responsive to an entity who is not the supplier indicating a use of the first build instance in a client product, receiving build information relating to the use of the first build instance in the client product. The executable operations further can include publishing by the supplier build repository the build information relating to the use of the first build instance in the client product.

"Another embodiment can include a computer program product for bi-directionally linking software product build information. The computer program product can include a computer-readable storage medium having stored thereon program code that, when executed, configures a processor to perform a method. The method can include building, via a supplier side processor, at least a first build instance of the software product and publishing the first build instance by a supplier build repository. The method also can include, responsive to an entity who is not the supplier indicating a use of the first build instance in a client product, receiving build information relating to the use of the first build instance in the client product. The method further can include publishing by the supplier build repository the build information relating to the use of the first build instance in the client product.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a system for bi-directionally linking software product build information in accordance with one embodiment disclosed within this specification.

"FIG. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a method of bi-directionally linking software product build information in accordance with one embodiment disclosed within this specification.

"FIG. 3 is a processing system for bi-directionally linking software product build information in accordance with one embodiment disclosed within this specification."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Bak, Nathan V.; Olsen, David K. Bi-Directional Linking of Product Build Information. Filed February 21, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=247&p=5&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

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

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