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7,146,422 Bl* 12/2006 Marlattetal 709/227
2003/0001894 Al * 1/2003 Boykinetal 345/764
2003/0018765 Al * 1/2003 Muhlestein et al 709/223
2003/0050997 Al * 3/2003 Hickeyetal 709/217
2003/0167162 Al * 9/2003 Simpson et al 704/9
2003/0167276 Al * 9/2003 Simpson et al 707/102
2003/0229885 Al 12/2003 Gowder et al.
2004/0024897 Al * 2/2004 Laddetal 709/231
2006/0004826 Al * 1/2006 Zartleretal 707/102
Jeffrey P. Snover, "Monad Manifesto", Aug. 22, 2002 pp. 1-16* Snover, "Monad Manifesto", Aug. 8, 2002, pp. 1-16.
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Doug Hutton
Assistant Examiner—Nathan Hillery
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Lee & Hayes, PLLC
The techniques and mechanisms described herein are directed at converting text into objects based on a template that describes the format of the text. The objects then being available for further processing. The conversion mechanism converts the text into an object having at least one method that is directly invocable and that is specific to a data type specified for the live object. The template comprises an object header indicator and a corresponding object header pattern. A new object is created whenever the object header pattern is identified within the text. In addition, the template comprises one or more field indicators each having a corresponding field pattern. The field pattern is in a format of a regular expression. A new field is created for the new object whenever a field pattern is identified within the text.
28 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets