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Protecode releases license management tool

Posted: 16 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:license management? open source licensing? copyrights?

Protecode Inc. has announced that it has made available to the global developer community its Developer Assistant solution, a developer tool for real-time management of open source licensing and copyrights.

The Developer Assistant, which supports all operating systems and software development tools, was previously only available for the Eclipse Integrated Development Platform (IDE). According to Protecode, the solution works unobtrusively in the background and does not require training from developers, allowing them to set aside open source license management work and instead focus on development.

Protecode claims that Developer Assistant is the only real-time analysis solution in the industry that manages licensing and copyright obligations at the earliest point in the software development lifecycle.

"Detecting open source licenses as soon as the code is brought in or put together reduces cost and time associated with fixing related problems later down the road," said Protecode's vice president for product management, Kamal Hassin.

Developer Assistant works by using the code analysis services of Protecode's Enterprise Server and compares the code structure of a file to signatures of millions of files stored in Protecode Global IP Signatures (GIPS). It then identifies the licensing and copyright obligations of the file and provides instant feedback to the developer. Developers will be notified if a software file contains unacceptable open source or other third party content, allowing them to fix the problem on the spot or attach a comment to the violating software file and continue with the development. They could also choose to ignore the warning as the violations will also be caught later in the process by other System 4 components. System 4 stores and manages all comments against the files and projects, maintaining a record trail of the events.

The solution also allows developers to manage external content based on corporate license policies.

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