Patent Number: 6,401,083

Title: Method and mechanism for associating properties with objects and instances

Abstract: A method and system for associating properties in a computer system is described. An aspect relates to a mechanism for dynamically determining the value of a property for an instance or object, which can override the property defined for the class or object type. Another aspect relates to a mechanism for dynamically changing at run-time the set of properties associated with system structures, such as classes, object types, instances, or objects. Yet another aspect relates to a mechanism that can associate or disassociate an entire set of properties at the same time, rather than having to separately associate or disassociate each property within a set of properties. A further aspect relates to a mechanism for allowing particular instances or objects to explicitly not inherit properties of its familial class or object type.

Inventors: Agarwal; Nipun (San Mateo, CA), Krishnamurthy; Viswanathan (Fremont, CA), Srinivasan; Jagannathan (New Hampshire, CT)

Assignee: Oracle Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 06/04/2019