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Developing sustainable software solutions for bioinformatics by the " Butterfly" paradigm.

Ahmed Z, Zeeshan S, Dandekar T - F1000Res (2014)

Bottom Line: User feedback is valued as well as software planning in a sustainable and interoperable way.A middleware supports a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) as well as a database/tool development independently.We validated the approach of our own software development and compared the different design paradigms in various software solutions.

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Affiliation: Department of Neurobiology and Genetics, Biocenter, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, 97074, Germany ; Department of Bioinformatics, Biocenter, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, 97074, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Software design and sustainable software engineering are essential for the long-term development of bioinformatics software. Typical challenges in an academic environment are short-term contracts, island solutions, pragmatic approaches and loose documentation. Upcoming new challenges are big data, complex data sets, software compatibility and rapid changes in data representation. Our approach to cope with these challenges consists of iterative intertwined cycles of development (" Butterfly" paradigm) for key steps in scientific software engineering. User feedback is valued as well as software planning in a sustainable and interoperable way. Tool usage should be easy and intuitive. A middleware supports a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) as well as a database/tool development independently. We validated the approach of our own software development and compared the different design paradigms in various software solutions.

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Conceptual software design and modeling.This is the 3rd step of the top layer in the butterfly model.
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f7: Conceptual software design and modeling.This is the 3rd step of the top layer in the butterfly model.

Mentions: The third phase is the conceptual software design and modeling (Figure 7). This is particularly important when there is a team of software developers. Before moving ahead, one should go for some abstract designs based on functional requirements and discuss these with the team. It is crucial to estimate the expected workflow, data sources and data flow in the system. If possible, the abstract design should be discussed with the users as well.


Developing sustainable software solutions for bioinformatics by the " Butterfly" paradigm.

Ahmed Z, Zeeshan S, Dandekar T - F1000Res (2014)

Conceptual software design and modeling.This is the 3rd step of the top layer in the butterfly model.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f7: Conceptual software design and modeling.This is the 3rd step of the top layer in the butterfly model.
Mentions: The third phase is the conceptual software design and modeling (Figure 7). This is particularly important when there is a team of software developers. Before moving ahead, one should go for some abstract designs based on functional requirements and discuss these with the team. It is crucial to estimate the expected workflow, data sources and data flow in the system. If possible, the abstract design should be discussed with the users as well.

Bottom Line: User feedback is valued as well as software planning in a sustainable and interoperable way.A middleware supports a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) as well as a database/tool development independently.We validated the approach of our own software development and compared the different design paradigms in various software solutions.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Neurobiology and Genetics, Biocenter, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, 97074, Germany ; Department of Bioinformatics, Biocenter, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, 97074, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Software design and sustainable software engineering are essential for the long-term development of bioinformatics software. Typical challenges in an academic environment are short-term contracts, island solutions, pragmatic approaches and loose documentation. Upcoming new challenges are big data, complex data sets, software compatibility and rapid changes in data representation. Our approach to cope with these challenges consists of iterative intertwined cycles of development (" Butterfly" paradigm) for key steps in scientific software engineering. User feedback is valued as well as software planning in a sustainable and interoperable way. Tool usage should be easy and intuitive. A middleware supports a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) as well as a database/tool development independently. We validated the approach of our own software development and compared the different design paradigms in various software solutions.

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