[Pipet Devel] Piper progress

J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
Thu May 3 16:20:24 EDT 2001

Jarl van Katwijk wrote:
> > Are you planning on creating a separate code base -- going back to "GMS"?
> No, not going back to the stand alone gms code. I'm talking about
> putting more of the gms goals 'into' Piper.  This dont even has to be in
> the Piper cvs\code three. Could be plugins orso. I like the situation of
> Piper where everybody has to comply to the specifications and discuss
> the features, etc. Back to GMS would mean back to coding alone and that
> doesn't is a good thing.

What are some of your quick thoughts on "pluggability" on the BL level? 
Recall that the Narval guys wanted to plug their system in as an AI layer. 
And you're talking about plugging other things into the BL.  I would also
like to see a pluggable interface that would allow users to swap Overflow
for something else, like the SRS application that I sent a link to.

Is there, or will there be, a well-defined API for plugging into the BL? 
Would it be CORBA-based?  Is there much work left to have such an API?

> That's our dilemma: to few people to work on the Project, and to few
> Project body to get more people ;)  Hope I'll be productive for Piper
> soon and get that framework up and running.

Well, I'm the biggest slacker here.  I hope that will change soon (that I
become more productive, not that everyone else becomes less ;-)).

I'll be in Denmark around July 20 for an organizational meeting.  I was
thinking about a Piper meeting, but it would probably be only you and I (if
you could go).  Brad will be there, but I don't think that he will want to
work on Piper.  Gary won't be there.  Jean-Marc hasn't said if he would go. 
And other people will likely not have the funds to go :-P  Of course we can
just start a hacking party and hope that people will join in.


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