Software development tool with instant updating and simultaneous view of graphical and a textual display of source code

  • US 6,851,107 B1
  • Filed: 10/04/2000
  • Issued: 02/01/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/05/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method in a data processing system for developing source code in a project wherein the project comprises a plurality of files and the source code of a chosen one of the plurality of files is written in a language, the method comprising the steps of:

  • determining the language of the source code of the chosen file;

    converting the source code from the language into a language-neutral representation;

    using the language-neutral representation to display the source code in the language of the chosen file; and

    using the language-neutral representation to display a graphical representation of at least a portion of the project, wherein the display of the source code in the language of the chosen file and the display of the graphical representation of at least a portion of the project are synchronized so that a modification in one is automatically reflected in the other.

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