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Representation of a file system folder as a data collection to allow for simplified data manipulation and management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109146D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention maps the properties of a data collection to the structure of a file system folder. This correlation allows for data operations relative to collections to be applied to objects residing in file system folders.

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Representation of a file system folder as a data collection to allow for simplified data manipulation and management

Known solutions do not allow functionality to be aggregated over the objects in the file system folder as a whole. The objects must be dealt with on a per item basis. The other alternative solution would be to import the file folder into a database to gain these features.

For example, to run a query over all XML files in a folder they can be added to a database collection which can then be used as the context for the query.

Treating the file system folder analogous to the data collection leverages the functionality of database operations against a series of objects not directly associated or stored in a database. This allows the use of collection features to be associated beyond a database store. Advantages of this solution include the ability to bind the entire collection as a context rather than performing each a bind for each individual file, simplifying interactions with file system objects.

One possible implementation is using converted files that in the process of conversion from original format to stored format are associated with a collection name. By incorporating a uniform name for all such files from the same file system folder, they are now all associated with the same collection.

Alternatively, files located in the same folder can natively be assumed to be part of the same collection.

Subfolders of a file system folder are treated as s...