Method, System and Program Product for Integrated Platform Component/Application Distribution Framework, Automated Installation/Configuration Management, and Notification Proxy Services.
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-13
Distributing components and platform applications amongst thick client peers can be an unnecessarily cumbersome and unorganized process. If peer A has a component or application he/she would like to give to peers B, C, and D to run locally, he/she might have to do the following : 1) export or otherwise extract the component or application, 2) package the component or application in a zip file or some other format if not previously done so by the export operation, 3) choose from several possible means of making the component or application accessible to the peers (FTP site, Web Server, Email, etc.) , 4) notify the peers regarding the availability of this component and how/where to get it, and 5) each peer must then manually retrieve, install, and configure this component. Since there's no integrated channel or framework for routing these components peer-to-peer(s), you end up having to do a lot of manual and time-consuming processes which can leave you with pockets of components and/or applications in different places depending on which medium peers choose to make their components/applications available and by having to make these components available, you risk unwarranted access unless each peer takes measures to secure access, which requires additional steps and procedures.