[BiO BB] Please guide me
mgruenb at gmx.net
Fri Jan 30 06:13:07 EST 2004
On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 12:53, Andrius wrote:
> when i was mentioning common schema i wasn't considering database schema
> (structure). such global database
> schema won't make sense since everyone may have different requirements.
> i meant common schema as a common communication
> protocol. yes, it's not a right word, it came from web services, xml
Oh sorry I misunderstood you. A common XML schema would indeed be quite
interesting, but still different databases would have very different
needs and I'm not sure if it would be feasible...
> etc. and yes, new bioinformatics language would make
> lot more for community. indeed, i see some confusion about why should
> every bioinformatician use perl (well, perl comes first when you ask
> google)... nor it's designed for it, nor it make learning path easier
> (time to come and do research). i think the new language should be
> developed, language which makes good string processing as perl does and
> introduces constructs/objects which are familiar for people with
> biological background.
So you mean something like Mathematica for Bioinformatics. Yes, I guess
that would be useful, but what would it do that BioPerl or BioJava can't
do? You have the advantage that programmers already know Perl of Java
and can just plug in the new API's for bioinformatics. A bioinformatics
language would have a much steeper learning curve, so it would have to
offer some considerable advantages.
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