[Biococoa-dev] WWDC 2005 BioCocoa meeting

a.griekspoor at nki.nl a.griekspoor at nki.nl
Sat May 28 15:52:48 EDT 2005

Hi guys,

It's a been quite a while and the BioCocoa mailinglist has come to a rest lately, but let's keep it on the silence before the storm. I spoke to a few a you already offlist already, but I would like to let you know that something is cooking underneath the surface. Due to personal circumstances it was unclear whether Tom and I would go to the WWDC at all, and this was one of the reasons I failed to pursue a BioCocoa meeting at the WWDC. Now the good news is that in the end there will be a BioCocoa meeting after all. Also, Tom and I will leave for SF this thursday. Also Phil and Peter will be there. Last week the scitech people of Apple contacted us if we would like a BioCocoa meeting to be organized. We have held a teleconference to discuss the different options and agreed on the  following:

- Wednesday night from 19 (hands-on-lab) we will have reserved room to our availability.
- We will give a short presentation followed by Q&A and dicussions.
- A number of Apple staff people will be present in the audience.
- The meeting will be announced during the WWDC and on the website (http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/sciencedev.html)

Unfortunately, they could not sponsor any seats for non-scholarship candidates, although they might be able to arrange entrance at wednesday night for Charles who's located close by at Stanford. Together we will represent the BioCocoa team and will give a short presentation followed by a discussion session. Hopefully this leads to more interest in the project both from "users" and new developers. Perhaps it's nice to discuss the presentation details, discussion points on the list. The people at Apple asked me to write a short abstract and the topics of the meeting, which had to be done in under and hour, so please bare this in mind...

More to follow....

Here's the abstract for the BioCocoa meeting:

BioCocoa is an opensource Cocoa framework for bioinformatics written in Objective-C. We intend to provide Cocoa programmers with a full suite of tools, to edit and manipulate biological sequence information. Initially started as framework to read and write the plethora of available sequence file formats, we work to make BioCocoa a more general bioframework leveraging the power of the objective-C language and Cocoa frameworks. Eventually, we aspire to become siblings of OpenBio.org projects like BioJava, BioPerl, BioRuby. During a short presentation and discussion session we would like to present the BioCocoa framework and discuss its possibilities. We welcome everybody interested in developing bioscience applications to join in and help us build the ideal foundation for the next generation Mac bio apps. See you there!

URL: http://bioinformatics.org/project/?group_id=318

Topics being covered during presentation:

- introduction to BioCocoa
- framework structure and layout
- design principles and choices
- current status
- future plans
- Q&A, discussion

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