[BiO BB] Advanced web query interfaces for biological databases

Mike Marchywka marchywka at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 14 07:27:11 EDT 2008

If you are really sold on a fancy UI and wish to consider the other poster's "download the
whole database idea" and allow automated access without lots of repeated code versions,
java is the obvious choice for everything. An applet for the browser is easily invoked standalone
with little additional effort. Java is fast enough for most UI's and has the flexibility for a programming
language with lots of built in UI support. 

This may sound a bit silly but I also wouldn't dismiss support for mobile phones. I used to find myself
surfing pubmed or otherwise looking into stuff while on the freeway or waiting in various locations. 
If you have something which is well treated with a GUI that looks like a video game, maybe it would
be a natural spare time activity on mobile devices :)

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> Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 23:11:34 +0530
> From: skhadar at gmail.com
> To: bbb at bioinformatics.org
> Subject: Re: [BiO BB] Advanced web query interfaces for biological databases
> 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
> cheers,
> Shameer
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