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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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User Friendly Graphical Interface Designing.This is the final step of the top, abstract layer (gray) of the three layers in the butterfly design.
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f8: User Friendly Graphical Interface Designing.This is the final step of the top, abstract layer (gray) of the three layers in the butterfly design.

Mentions: The last phase of the gray layer concerns the design of a user-friendly GUI (Figure 8). First, some mock-ups should be made (hand-made on papers or better to use white board with color markers and later make pictures of finalized GUI designs), then these should be discussed with users in a brain storming session. Finally, based on the perceived designs, the abstract GUI (GUI with no running functionalities) should be created using HCI design patterns.


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

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

User Friendly Graphical Interface Designing.This is the final step of the top, abstract layer (gray) of the three layers in the butterfly design.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f8: User Friendly Graphical Interface Designing.This is the final step of the top, abstract layer (gray) of the three layers in the butterfly design.
Mentions: The last phase of the gray layer concerns the design of a user-friendly GUI (Figure 8). First, some mock-ups should be made (hand-made on papers or better to use white board with color markers and later make pictures of finalized GUI designs), then these should be discussed with users in a brain storming session. Finally, based on the perceived designs, the abstract GUI (GUI with no running functionalities) should be created using HCI design patterns.

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.

No MeSH data available.