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Overlay Windows to Improve Code Productivity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176276D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 108K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) provide a productive way to generate source code for an application and are provided by a variety of companies and open source communities. The problem is that these environments have an intimate understanding of the language and/or application for which they are being used and may not be suitable for use in mixed environments. The method proposed in this paper involves implementing a set of stacked windows, each capable of independently displaying information. This stack is then placed under the main code window so that only the code window is visible (the stack can either be implemented as separate windows which are positioned on top of each other, or as virtual windows). When the user wishes to view information on the other windows, they press a keyboard combination and the topmost code window background becomes translucent so that you can view both the code window and the contents of the uppermost window.

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Overlay Windows to Improve Code Productivity

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) provide a productive way to generate source code for an application and are provided by a variety of companies and open source communities. The problem is that these environments have an intimate understanding of the language and/or application for which they are being used. The moment that you step outside of this area of expertise you have to use other methods to obtain the reference information that you need to code you application. For example, there are various development languages which allow script to be embedded in XML tags. This combination is too complicated for an IDE to handle whereby it needs to show information about both the XML markup and script code at the same time. A typical solution is that a developer would have multiple browser windows open showing the several sources of documentation and is constantly switching between them. The IDE can also be restricted in that there may only be a single main window available for the user to generate code in, and that window occupies the majority of the screen real estate.

    The method proposed in this paper involves implementing a set of stacked windows, each capable of independently displaying information. This stack is then placed under the main code window so that only the code window is visible (...