Koen van der Drift
kvddrift at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 22 22:07:12 EDT 2006
On Sep 21, 2006, at 5:49 PM, Scott Christley wrote:
> Hello all,
> I first became aware of BioCocoa at the 2005 WWDC, at the time I
> was just starting to get involved in biology simulations and
> bioinformatics with my PhD; now that I'm deep in it, I would like
> to contribute code I've developed. I wasn't able to make it to the
> recent WWDC, but congratulations to the EnzymeX guys!
Welcome to BioCocoa - it's good to see new names on the mailing list!
> One thing I am interested in is GNUstep support. From looking at
> the archives, I may be opening a can of worms but onward I go. Why
> I am interested in GNUstep is because I use both platforms.
> Specifically my Mac tends to be my development platform and for
> visualization, but when I kick off a bunch of simulations or do
> some heavy computation, I pass it over to the computer cluster
> which tends to be 64bit Opteron processors running Linux, so I use
> GNUstep there.
> My understanding from reading the mailing list archives is that
> optimizations to use CoreFoundation is what killed GNUstep
> compatibility. Are people still interested in this, if I were to
> tackle this issue, supporting both platforms in a clean way and
> maintaining the compatibility? From looking at the code, I think
> many of the differences can be handled with careful macros, keeping
> CoreFoundation speed on Mac but OpenStep code for GNUstep.
IIRC, we decided to no longer support GNUStep as of version 2.0, but
I don't recall the reason for this. I am not familiar with GNUStep,
but from what you are writing, we need to start using macros for
> As for BioCocoa itself, with some of the work I've been doing I've
> been writing various parsers as well as playing around with some
> ideas, and I've thought well if I do all this work it would be nice
> to make it available. I could just start my own project, but maybe
> it would be good to add this into BioCocoa.
I think it would be a great idea to have more functionality in the
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