05369778 is referenced by 334 patents and cites 18 patents.

A data processing system based on an extensible set of typed data objects and a corresponding set of "object managers," each of which is a program for operating with the data stored in a corresponding type of object. The object managers in general support at least a standard set of operations. Any program can effect performance of these standard operations on objects of any type by making a particular request; in response to such a request, an object manager that is suitable for performing the requested operation on the specified type of data is identified and caused to perform the requested operation. A mechanism is provided for linking data from one object into another object. A catalog includes both information about objects and about links between objects. Data interchange services are provided for communicating data between objects of different types, using a set of standard data interchange formats. A facility is provided to permit two processes that are to cooperate in a data interchange operation to identify each other and to identify data formats they have in common. A facility is provided for managing shared data in units of data known as "resources". Customized versions of resources can be created and co-exist with standard versions of the resources. A resource retrieval function determines whether a customized or a standard resource is to be returned in response to each request for a resource.

Title
Data processor that customizes program behavior by using a resource retrieval capability
Application Number
88176
Publication Number
5369778
Application Date
September 27, 1993
Publication Date
November 29, 1994
Inventor
Susan Walker
Arlington
MA, US
Thomas Fitzgerald
Lowell
MA, US
Carolyn E Surprenant
Dracut
MA, US
Marc San Soucie
Tyngsboro
MA, US
Agent
Kenneth L Milik
Assignee
Wang Laboratories
MA, US
IPC
G06F 15/403
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