[BiO BB] Advanced web query interfaces for biological databases

Shameer Khadar skhadar at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 13:41:34 EDT 2008

It will be an interesting UI design.
Now many bioinformatics web resources are coming up with intuitive use of js
libraries like YUI, scriptaculous etc. Flex is also an excellent tool for
revolutionary UI development. If I were you, I would have used a combination
of js library + flex

thats my 2 cents

On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 12:37 PM, Keith Callenberg <kcallenb at email.sjsu.edu>

> I am working on the web interface for a fairly complex database that
> integrates several different types of data (gene expression, sequence,
> annotation). A basic interface for accessing individual records in the
> database has already been written, but my lab's biologists would like
> to see a more powerful form interface. They would like to be able to
> add thresholds on arbitrary fields and set other parameters for
> several fields at a time.
> I have been pointed to the Query Builder on NCBI's Trace Archive
> (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Traces/trace.cgi) as the basic concept,
> and I can see how that could be implemented with its helpful
> auto-complete text, but it seems like it still has quite a learning
> curve and is not really very intuitive. I have also found BioCyc.org's
> Advanced Query page (http://biocyc.org/query.html) and several others
> that are similar or harder to use. AJAX can help, and we plan to
> integrate auto-completion of some text, but I would like to build
> something powerful and yet intuitive that does not require someone to
> read a manual before using. Any suggestions? I suppose innovation in
> UI design often starts in other places first so I'd appreciate any
> non-biological examples as well.
> Thanks!
> Keith Callenberg
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