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Automatically Converting Version Of A Parameter File Using Metadata

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234827D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 172K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for automatically converting a version of a parameter file using metadata. The method and system determines the version and form of an input parameter file, compares it to the current form and automatically converts the input version to the current form if the input version differs from the current form.

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Automatically Converting Version Of A Parameter File Using Metadata

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically converting a version of a parameter file using metadata. The method and system provides a mechanism to identify an optimum metadata to be imbedded in an input parameter file, wherein the input

parameter file includes parameters specified by a user to a processor. Here, the metadata describes the internal form of the parameters in form of mappings with their attributes such as, but not limited to, type and length. Additionally, the method and system proposes a mechanism for automatically converting version and form of the input parameter file to another form.

The system utilizes a conversion program to convert the version and form of the input parameter file. The conversion program utilizes the mappings of the metadata to determine version and form of the input parameter file. Since the mappings for the parameters are imbedded with the metadata, the conversion program need not consider arbitrary number of mappings for converting the form and the version. The version and the form are then compared with the current form of the input parameter to determine any mismatch. The mismatch can also be determined by comparing metadata definitions, version associated with the metadata definitions, and reductions of the metadata definitions, such as checksum, Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) or hash. Upon occurrence of any mismatch, the conversion program utilizes the metadata and automatically converts the version and form of the input parameter file to the current form.

The conversion program performs the conversion process by initializing a new parameter record to a known content using default values identified in the metadata. Thereafter, fields are copied by name from an old form to the current form by using metadata imbedded in the parameter file and a current metadata imbedded in the conversion program. After copying the fields, the metadata is updated such that it represents the current metadata. The metadata is then written back to the input parameter file for later use. The method and system always maintains an appropriate version of the metadata inthe input parameter file. Further, the method and system supports the conversion of the para...