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Color Code Attribute within a Class Browser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115531D
Original Publication Date: 1995-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kalpesh, P: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for handling persistent attributes in a class browser. Within Object Oriented environment, objects of a class can be persistent. This usually means that some attributes are written to a persistent store, and others are not. Class browsers present relevant information about a class, including a list of attributes. It can be helpful to know which attributes are persistent and which are not, but that is not usually of interest.

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Color Code Attribute within a Class Browser

      Disclosed is a method for handling persistent attributes in a
class browser.  Within Object Oriented environment, objects of a
class can be persistent.  This usually means that some attributes are
written to a persistent store, and others are not.  Class browsers
present relevant information about a class, including a list of
attributes.  It can be helpful to know which attributes are
persistent and which are not, but that is not usually of interest.

      Any solution must present the persistent attribute information
in a way that is not obtrusive.  Color coding solves this problem.
Persistent attributes are simply presented in a different color than
other attributes.  If color coding will not work for some reason,
then fonts, under-score, over-score, or bold text will suffice.  This
solution does not take up any extra display room, and quickly lets
the user know which attributes are persistent.