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Method for Opening Files as Objects in an Interactive Programming Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243698D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 104K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an interactive process to open a data file as a specific object type in a programming environment by using a simple user interface (UI) representation of the required steps. The interactive process automatically builds and executes the required syntax and code for the user.

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Method for Opening Files as Objects in an Interactive Programming Environment

Programming languages are powerful and popular programming environments for performing data mining and data analysis on data files. However, as a first-time or even an intermediate user, the process for loading a data file into the programming environment is not completely intuitive or easy. A user needs to know the location of

the stored file, the name of the library needed, and which object type from that library supports the type of file that the user wants to open. Although an experienced user can

do this in a few lines of code, all users can benefit from a more interactive and

explorative process.

The novel contribution is an interactive process to open a data file as a specific object type in a programming environment by using a simple user interface (UI) representation of the required steps. The interactive process automatically builds and executes the required syntax and code for the user. The idea can apply to multiple programming environments.

The core idea is to use an interactive user interface widget intended for an interactive programming environment to enable a user to:

• Browse and select the location of a stored data file • Select the name of the programming library to use from a list of available libraries
• Select the object type from that library that supports the type of file that the user

wants to open

• Set additional options

The widget is aware of the available libraries and the related objects that can be a container for opening a file. The interactive process automatically builds and executes the required syntax and code for the user.

A user that knows all of the required information can perform these steps in a few lines

of code. For example...