From: John Prince <jprince@in...> - 2004-11-09 22:44:32
We are currently looking around for a good code base on which to build a
Proteomics database/front-end to house and display data currently being
held in the Open Proteomics Database. See <
A short time ago, one of my colleagues recommended BASE, and I've since
been playing around with it. I've successfully installed BASE 2.0a on
Mandrake, although I'm still having trouble with it on Windows. I've been
very impressed with the software, and think it may be a good starting
point for us.
1. My main question is: What are the steps to build BASE 2.0 from the
source code? Is it as straightforward as using javac and jar? (I have a
semester's worth of basic java experience)
2. Is there a single source containing the schema information (e.g. an
xml schema doc) from which all other information (e.g. tables, classes)
flows? What document holds that information?
3. In your opinion, how does BASE compare to "maxd" <
http://bioinf.man.ac.uk/microarray/maxd/ > in terms of functionality,
completeness, and ease of extensibility? (Both of your schema's derive
from "ArrayExpress", right?)
4. If I were able to layer Proteomics functionality on top, how
interested would you be in including this in future releases of BASE?
Or, would it be more appropriate/simpler to simply branch off completely?
5. From what I understand, the BASE architecture allows the distribution
of some tasks on the server side. How difficult would it be to include
the ability to communicate with multiple servers for the same task? (like
proteios < http://www.proteios.org/ >)
John T. Prince work: (512) 232-3919
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