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The Software IP Detective’s Handbook: Measurement, Comparison, and Infringement Detection by Bob Zeidman

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Part II. Software

“These hieroglyphics have evidently a meaning. If it is a purely arbitrary one, it may be impossible for us to solve it. If, on the other hand, it is systematic, I have no doubt that we shall get to the bottom of it.”

Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Dancing Men

In this part I describe software and the code that represents the software. Software consists of the instructions that a computer follows to perform a task, whether it is calculating the square root of 2, accepting input from a user, running a hotel elevator system, displaying a Web page, or searching the Internet. The software code typically starts out as source code files, human-readable text files that are turned into machine-readable object code files by ...

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