[linux-elitists] Has IBM patented Web Managed SW Development?
Mon Jan 26 13:26:41 PST 2004
US Patent #6,658,642
Megiddo , et al.
December 2, 2003
System, method and program product for software development
A system, method and program product for computer program development. A new
computer program to be developed is outlined and the outline organized to
identify required modules. Required modules are provided to the system, which
categorizes them and posts a list of required modules with corresponding
requirements on, for example, a dedicated web site. Module requirements may
include module specifications, a corresponding price and a deadline. Software
developers intending to participate may provide an intention to submit. If
fewer than two developers intend to submit module candidates for one or more
required modules, the computer program outline may be reorganized to
encourage more participants. For each required module where at least two
module candidates are received, the candidates are tested for compliance with
corresponding module requirements. A module candidate is selected for each
required module for inclusion as a module included in the software package
and payment is transferred to developers of the selected module candidates.
The selected module, candidates may be included in the computer program and
the computer program may be tested.
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