Thursday, April 26, 2007

We'll be talking about the Agent Patent infringement if SiteFlash is not settled in a timely manner.

The XML Agent patent is this one heya:

The patent number is 7,076,521 "Web-based collaborative data collection system."

First of all, let's do a google of XML Enabler Agent, shall we?

First bubble is this describing an IBM Alphaworks enabler updated Sun, Apr 22, 2007: Learn to use XML in your applications
Using the XML Enabler, developers with any kind of browser can now send ... Looks at the client type (using the user-agent field of the HTTP header), ... - 24k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

Website copyrighted 2004.
at the reference to we have:

XML Enabler

A servlet that implements style sheets to make XML data accessible to any browser.

Date Posted: January 15, 1999


This technology has been retired.

About the technology author(s):
No researcher information for XML Enabler is available at this time.


Now read the rest of the bubbles. They are about Vertical.

ENT News Online | News: Emily Tries to Make XML Easy
Emily is the name of Vertical Computer Systems’ XML Enabler Agent, system software for Windows NT and Windows 2000 designed to speed the creation of ... - 45k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
February 21, 2001

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues Vertical Computer ...
This patent covers various aspects of the XML Enabler Agent. The XML Enabler Agent, which was featured in the "XML Handbook" by Charles Goldfarb, ... - 13k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

Vertical Computer Systems Inc. Announces Official Delivery Date of ...
Also, the XML Enabler Agent is being developed with all Web users in mind. It is Web-based, ... The new exclusive Emily XML Enabler Agent features are: ... - 28k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

Business Wire: Vertical Computer Systems Inc. Announces Marketing ...
Using the Emily XML Enabler Agent, vendors can easily create and publish XML product catalogs for use with the iNetPurchasing system and other aggregate ... - 30k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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IBM Viper: XML Technology in DB2
Most certainly I believe that Vertical's XML Enabler Agent could be in Viper. ... Soon afterwards, IBM retired their own XML Enabler Agent. ... - 78k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this


Now, I can't make exactly heads or tails out of how this thing by Microsoft does it but this fits the bill as something that can do somewhat the kinds of things the agent patent allows for... but it's obvious this is not much of an extensible or repurpose-able object much less an autonomous agent.

If THIS is how data enabling is done in 'modern' dotNet, there's no wonder the damn thing breaks or needs twenty developers to implement.

Not some of the comments from here. 50% reduction in work. In fact, The VCSY technology since 2000 has been reported as saving greater than 50% in development projects and more with subsequent reuse of knowledge.

And it took them how long and how much to build Longhorn? Holy cow... woops. Sorry. Don't want to insult the more productive bunch of bovines. This thing just chutes out bull***.

Please note the date this element of .Net data virtualization was presented to the public.
EasyObjects.NET is an Object/Relational Mapper architecture built on top of the Enterprise Library (January 2006 Release). With built-in support for transactions, dynamic query construction and dynamic configuration strings, EasyObjects.NET reduces coding errors while increasing developer productivity. Using code generation, you can build your data and business layer in a matter of minutes. New features include support for the .NET 2.0 platform and the latest version of the Enterprise Library. Included in the zip are QuickStart examples in CS and VB. Code generation templates are available for the popular MyGeneration code generator. See for more information.

So not until January of 2006. Vista was delayed March 21, 2006. The US Patent Office issued an allowance for the XML Enabler Agent Patent March 29, 2006.

Slippery dippery doo.

Interesting MSFT didn't have anything like this XML Enabler Agent until late 2005 early 2006 apparently. The easyobjects earlier versions would be a fascinating discovery field. Why would you use a DCOM communication method when you can flip XML across http much more easily and reliably? One certainly wonders what in the world they could have been working with in 2004 when they 'revolutionized' .Net with a from scratch rewrite. This is it? And then they had to rewrite Vista (what came out o fthe back end of Longhorn) in March 2006? Didn't the first rewrite take? Or weren't you using your own dotNet stuff back then?

I'll poke around like you and see what's there. Let me know if you see anything interestingk, Natasha.

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