[Biococoa-dev] biococoa svn and everything

Charles Parnot charles.parnot at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 12:48:46 EDT 2007

Hi there!

I was one of the people that did the "moving on" thing

I think there is a pretty strong basis in the framework, at least for  
the export/import tools, and then for the basics BCSequence stuff. I  
did set up the initial test suite, which I think would need to be  
updated and extended.

When the project went into hibernation mode, the status was (at least  
from my point of view):

* in search of a project leader, that would have some basic amount of  
time to make decision as to where to go, and do some coding too
* needing a "killer" app to wrap the framework and put it to use.  
This is the only way things would be tested in the real world by real  
users. The killer app can be a simple sequence editor that expose as  
much as possible of the underlying framework
* a design decision has to be made to allow 2 aspects of the  
framework to coexist: a core framework that provides the basic  
functionality; an extension mechanisms that allows people to easily  
contribute additional more specialized functionality (we had some  
talks for instance with Phil Seibel about how the NSImage and  
NSImageRepresentation design could inspire something. But really more  
thoughts need to be put into that, and nothing has been decided). The  
idea is that not everybody will be interested in the specialized  
stuff, so having optional modules would be a good thing.
* one of the feature that was in the works was to add annotation/ 
feature to the basic BCSequence class

so, a big roadmap, with lots of avenues ;-)

And yes, if things start moving again, or a project leader self  
nominates, that would certainly warrant a post on macresearch.  
Hosting the project is also still a possibility, but that would mean  
some additional work for the project leader too in setting things up  
and maintaining it, as well as some kind of commitment for a  
reasonable amount of time.


On Sep 12, 2007, at 5:47 AM, Koen van der Drift wrote:

>> Is the BioCocoa project still "alive"? Don't get me wrong, I've
>> received the last mail from the mailing list in... may 2007! How many
>> people are involved?
> I don't think the project was ever officially shut down, however,  
> the people working on it about two years ago have moved on in their  
> lives, and have no more time to actively work on the project. There  
> were about 5 or 6 people actively involved. The current released  
> version 2.0 is more or less a good starting point to use in apps,  
> but there are also still many things unfinished or missing. So any  
> input is more than welcome!
> There was also some talk that macresearch.org would host the  
> project (giving us a lot of visibility), but I have not heard about  
> that in a long time.
> - Koen.
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