Method and apparatus for dynamic update of an existing object in an object editor

  • US 5,652,884 A
  • Filed: 11/14/1994
  • Issued: 07/29/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/14/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A user interface object archive system for use in an object-oriented programming (OOP) based computer system which builds user interface objects while a runtime environment is operational and which creates new application programs without halting said runtime environment, said archive system comprising:

  • (a) storage means for storing objects in a hierarchical locale tree, said locale tree having a root locale level associated with a first locale and at least one other locale level associated with a second locale;

    (b) object creation means, operatively coupled to the storage means for creating a first user interface object class by initiating a user interface object editor, the first user interface object class being stored in the root locale level;

    (c) object class change means, operatively coupled to the object creation means, for changing a class of the first user interface object by creating a second user interface object class;

    (d) transfer means, operatively coupled to the object class change means, for transferring common instance data from the first user interface object class to the second user interface object class;

    (e) object substitution means, operatively coupled to the transfer means and the storage means, for substituting the second user interface object class for the first user interface object class in the root locale level; and

    (f) object deletion means, operatively coupled to the storage means, for deleting the first user interface object class from the root locale level.

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