[Bioclusters] Java Vs C++(Qt) for Bioinformatics

Mr. Syed Aijaz saijaz at gmail.com
Wed May 23 18:50:56 EDT 2007

Hello All,

Just wondering what bioinformatics community thinks of is best to use:
1. Java Swings (1.6+)
2. C++ Qt (4.0)

My visualziation tool requires accessing data which is in the order of
few hundred MBs we are expecting this to hit GBs soon. I am planning
not to hold up all the data. However, I will have to hold up some data
(a few hunderds of thousands (O(100,000)) of data entities, each costing
around ~60 bytes). As the tool is supposed to be a interactive, what will
be good alternative between Java Vs C++? I am leaning towards Java,
reason being:
1. Comprehensive GUI
2. Java not that Slow, as they say!
3. Huge API, DBMS, XML, DRMAA, . . . . .
4. No deployment pain, although a little application
   specific deployment may be required example: preference files etc
5. Automated Garbage collection, less trouble in maintaining memory.
   Although it has a little overhead, it can be reduced by efficient
handling of data???
6. efficient multi threading, not system level fork, etc??????
7. Java has growing number of Bioinformatics applications

Kindly share your opinion regarding the aforementioned debate. Thank you for
time and participation!!

Kind Regards,

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