[Pipet Devel] Narval?

J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
Sun Oct 1 22:49:48 EDT 2000

Hi Martijn.

Thanks for the link to Narval.  I was not aware of it.

There seem to be many similarities between Narval and Piper, for instance, the
use of existing resources on the Internet and a way to graphically connect
these resources.

However, it seems Narval is primarily an agent system, meaning there is a
"software agent" that goes out on the Internet looking for things of interest
to the user.  Piper, on the other hand, is primarily a data flow system,
meaning the user knows what s/he wants, connects the appropriate resources,
and then starts the flow of data.

It is possible that Piper can use agents in the future, but that is well into
the future, since we have some very difficult tasks still to accomplish.  I
don't know if Narval would like to collaborate on this, but it seems they have
their goal already very well defined.


Martijn Faassen wrote:
> I'm a complete newbie to any of this, but have you guys noticed that
> there are a lot of synergies between this project and Narval (to which
> I'm also a complete newbie). I mean, GUI-based programming, XML backend,
> Python based code, and so on. I mailed a message to the Narval folks
> with about the same contents. Perhaps working together, if this isn't
> already happening, would be a good idea.
> Narval info at:
> http://www.logilab.org/

J.W. Bizzaro                                           jeff at bioinformatics.org
Director, Bioinformatics.org: The Open Lab     http://bioinformatics.org/~jeff
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